FOX 5 helps homeowner get his house back from squatters

UPDATE (4/20/15): Steve Swann, the owner who found a family squatting in his Bowie home, and realtor Steve Queen, were in court Monday regarding the case - updates to follow.

A Prince George's County homeowner has been kicked out of his own house by squatters. Now, Thanks to our Friday night story the  homeowner got his house back from the squatters.  Police served the intruders legal papers Saturday morning saying they are trespassing and can no longer enter the home - not even to get their stuff.

The homeowner Steve Swann now has his house back and full possession of the intruders property.

The squatters now have a court date and tonight are homeless.


Steve Swann had not seen his Bowie house at Streamside Drive in a couple of months, but when he came by to prepare it for sale, he noticed a couple had taken over.

"So I asked my wife to bring the deed and I had my ID-- asked them did they live there and she said she was renting from a guy named me," said Swann.

Swann's rental agent took video from inside the home, which Swann had left vacant. Now, it is packed with furniture, including pictures on the walls and food in the fridge.

"How many times has this happened to your clients in the past year?" asked FOX 5's Rick Boone.

"Like 10 times. Because a lot of people do short sales on their homes," said Steve Queen with Exit Bennett Realty.

The homeowner said he tried asking the couple to leave, but that didn't work. He said he called police to evict them, but no luck there either.

FOX 5's Rick Boone knocked on the door and tried asking the couple why they are living in the house rent-free. They did not respond to his questions.

Instead of waiting 30 days and filing an eviction notice, Swann is pressing criminal charges and filing a restraining order to speed up the move out date.
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