Squatters evicted from Sandy Springs mansion - CBS46 News

Squatters evicted from Sandy Springs mansion

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Squatters that set up residence in a Sandy Springs mansion were evicted Tuesday.

A woman, her brother and two teenage daughters moved into the mansion on Cross Gate Drive in Sandy Springs. They claimed they had leased the property from a man who said he was the owner.

Police said the $2 million mansion was actually a bank-owned foreclosure.

Residents said they noticed the family move in last fall and alerted police.

"We've lived in the neighborhood seven years, so it was kind of a shock when we heard there were people living here illegally," said Roxane Hollosi.

DeKalb County Marshal Steve Mann told CBS Atlanta News on Wednesday that his county has its fair share of squatters too.

He said the process to evict can take up to 45 days or even longer if the squatter tries to drag things out threw the courts.

"Because the mandates of the law, defendants have rights where they can appeal," said Mann.

Neighbors said they worked with police for the past several months until Bank of America finally acquired the necessary paperwork to evict the squatters.

"The people were very cooperative," said Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office that handled the eviction. "They tried to gather as much as they could, and they watched the movers move their items out."

Police said the bank wanted the squatters out of the home but did not plan to press charges.

"I feel bad for the people as human beings, but I think it's a great thing that they're finally out because obviously they have no right to be here," said resident Bill Fitzsimmons.

Mann said he can't stress enough how important it is for people to help identify and out the property owners in order to start the eviction process, like the Sandy Springs neighbors did.

"Put pressure on the people that own the properties. They have to find out who owns the property. They can go through the county courthouse. Whatever county they're in they can go to the clerk's office and they can research the property," said Mann.

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