‘It’s just been a nightmare,’ – Family can’t evict illegal squatters from their home after they file for bankruptcy and exploit legal loophole
A Colorado family have been told they can’t evict squatters from their Littleton home after the two strangers used a legal loophole to stay.
Danya and Troy Donovan had secured a ruling from a judge in Arapahoe County to evict Veronica Fernandez-Beleta and Jose Rafael Leyva-Caraveo from their home, which the squatting couple had been occupying for eight months.
However, by filing for bankruptcy, the squatters managed to halt a forced eviction the Donovan’s had secured which was due to take place last week.
‘The sheriff’s office will not proceed with an eviction if there is a bankruptcy in question.’ said Arapahoe County Undersheriff David Walcher to a local CBS television station.
Carillo (above, a real estate agent whose license has now been revoked, sold the couple the deed for $5,000.
Carillo has been connected to a number of similar cases, as CBS 4 discovered through court documents regarding the other homes, as the Donovan case is the latest in a long trend in Colorado.
He is now charged with criminal fraud and apparently focused his attention on targets who only spoke Spanish.
With the news of the latest setback in their quest to gain possession of their home of nearly 15 years, the Donovan’s were despondent.
‘It’s frustrating. It’s just one thing after another, after another,’ Danya Donovan told ABC News. ”
‘We’ve lost two months’ time. It has been an absolute living nightmare and an emotional roller coaster.’