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A US Army Reservist taken advantage of by a heartless squatter, who drives a luxury Mercedes, says she’s spent “over $50,000” of her hard-earned cash in the last year dealing with the unlawful dweller.
Lt. Mikiya Barber, 26, bought her dream home in Houston, Texas, in May 2022, but soon after was called up for active duty, according to ABC 13.
She put her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home up for rent after receiving orders that she’d be stationed in Florida to make some extra income while away.
Barber said it all went “downhill” after she chose Natasha Timmons to become her tenant.
“It’s been emotionally draining to the point where I’ve had therapy,” she told the outlet.
Barber has been forced to take time away from serving the country to fight this legal battle in Texas
“One person has cost me over $50,000,” she revealed, saying she “wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”
Timmons agreed to sign a monthly lease for $2,000 after the young lieutenant ran a background check and saw nothing out of the ordinary that would raise any red flags.
Brazenly, the squatter only made the first two months of payments and became uncooperative when Barber offered to create a “payment plan,” so she could catch up on the missed rent.
“I tried to make a payment plan for her. Then, she started threatening me to file bankruptcy and making sure I go through this process,” Barber shared.
Now fighting the alleged fraudster in court, records obtained by the outlet show that Timmons — who was convicted of theft in 2003 — has recently filed for four identical bankruptcy cases.
Neighbors shared videos with the outlet of Timmons and others in the home driving luxury cars and even washing them carelessly despite claiming she was bankrupt.
However, a judge in Harris County last Monday ordered the squatter to start paying back the rent she owed to Barber after Timmons revealed in court that she has no active bankruptcy cases.
Timmons is due to reappear in court next Monday where she could face eviction, the outlet said.
“She is living in the house and making it known she’s not leaving my house, but I’m excited for (Monday’s hearing), and she’ll be out soon,” Barber said.
With nine years under her belt of serving the nation, the young Army lieutenant said nothing had prepared her for the strenuous legal battle of removing a squatter from her home.
“I don’t know why she doesn’t want to let go of my home. I have even tried to do agreements with her,” Barber told the outlet.