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NYC family hires security guard to watch $2M Queens home from squatter

A Queens family whose dream home was taken over by squatters has hired a celebrity security guard to keep an eye on their $2 million mansion, according to reports.

Susanna and Joseph Landa, both 68, have not been able to enter their Douglaston, Queens, home since signing the contract in October.

Heavy security guards were stationed outside the mansion Thursday, a day after news broke that the homeowner’s previous caretaker had refused to leave the property.

“I work for the owner of this house. These guys are good people, but it’s unfortunate what’s going on,” the guard said. he told the Daily Mail.

A home in Queens was supposed to be a dream for the Landa family. WABC TV
Squatter Brett Flores has lived in the home since January 2023, when the man he was caring for passed away. WABC TV

“Maybe there are two. [in the house]. That shouldn’t happen.no matter who made it [squatters’ rights] Rule up and you’re smoking some kind of crack. ”

Although he declined to give his name, the warden acknowledged that he has handled high-profile cases in the past, including standing guard at the 2021 wedding of Bill Gates’ daughter.

The security measures are the latest in a series of desperate attempts by the Landas to wrest control of the property from squatters. The Landas worked as caretakers for the former owner for $3,000 a week until he passed away in January 2023.

Susanna and Joseph Landa, both 68, have not been able to enter their Douglaston, Queens, home since signing the contract in October. WABC TV
The couple had hoped to move into this home and start their retirement life with their son. WABC TV

Brett Flores, 32, repeatedly claims that the previous owner gave him “permission” to live in the home, even though the Landas legally purchased the home in October. ing.

The couple had high expectations for this home. This location, close to relatives, was the perfect location for their son Alex, who has Down syndrome, and could easily be taken care of if something were to happen to the couple.

“All I want to know is that I could die tomorrow and he’ll be next to my brother,” Susana Landa told ABC 7.

The squatters are not only raking in the Landa family’s dime, they are even renting out a room in the mansion. WABC TV
The couple had high expectations for this home. This location, close to relatives, was the perfect location for their son Alex, who has Down syndrome, and could easily be taken care of if something were to happen to the couple. WABC TV

The squatters are not only raking in the Landa family’s dime, they are even renting out a room in the mansion.

The couple unsuccessfully tried to evict Mr. Flores, and his recent bankruptcy declaration protects him from termination.

The Landa family has had five hearings in civil court since purchasing the home, but the process continues to be stalled by Flores’ antics.

The couple unsuccessfully tried to evict Mr. Flores, and his recent bankruptcy declaration protects him from termination. WABC TV
The squatters are not only raking in the Landa family’s dime, they are even renting out a room in the mansion. James Messerschmitt

The couple is taking Flores to Landlord/Tenant Court to try to evict her, but a court hearing is not scheduled until April.

“I feel completely forgotten, unfair and unable to do anything in this legal system,” Joseph Landa said.

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