On the morning of May 23, neighbors of a home in the 21000 block of Clayton Drive reported that officers were at the residence to provide eviction paperwork at the home. The issue regarding alleged squatters was first addressed at a March Board of Trustees meeting.

On the morning of May 23, neighbors of a home in the 21000 block of Clayton Drive reported that officers were at the residence to provide eviction paperwork at the home. The issue regarding alleged squatters was first addressed at a March Board of Trustees meeting.

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Eviction ordered on Clayton Drive in Macomb Township

Moving truck spotted

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 5, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Last month, it was determined in court that one female defendant “and all other occupants” of a Macomb Township home had until May 3 to move out.

The day came and went, and the alleged squatters remained at the home.

Around 11 p.m. June 2, neighbors reported seeing a moving truck in the driveway of the home. This comes after neighbors said that officers were at the residence to provide eviction paperwork May 23.

The home is in the 21000 block of Clayton Drive, south of 22 Mile and west of Card Road, in the Cornerstone Village subdivision.    

“This situation is plain wrong,” a neighbor said. “She seems to only rarely go in and out at night and there is no regular pattern of a job. It’s a perfect profile of a squatter/scam.”

Court records obtained from 41-A District Court in Shelby Township indicate the plaintiff in this case, Fannie Mae, also the owner of the property, filed an order for eviction May 9.

The issue was first addressed at a March Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

At that meeting, a neighbor said Clayton Drive residents needed some help after squatters allegedly moved into the property March 10.

The resident alleged that the squatters had a fake lease agreement. Neighbors say at first they saw two women, five men and two children at the home.

Court documents from April 3 noted that Fannie Mae could apply for an order evicting the defendant if they did not move out on or before May 3.

A neighbor after that date said that fellow residents are getting restless.

“Obviously, the squatters are not paying a dime for anything,” he said. “It’s frustrating that people can suck off the system while others follow the laws and pay their bills.”

As of press time, attorney Jessica Rice, who represents Fannie Mae, did not return a call seeking comment.

When a C & G Newspapers reporter went to the house a day after officers showed up, there was no answer. Court records show the defendant does not have an attorney in this case.

A notice, still visible in May, was posted on the front window of the residence by the Macomb Township Building Department on March 18. It reads that the home must be registered as a vacant/foreclosed property with the building department, and that re-occupancy, sale or transfer is prohibited.

Underneath that notice was a second notice, which appears to have been ripped off.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the listing agent were called out to the property in March. Neighbors say at that time, the alleged squatters had a fake lease agreement from Craigslist.

At that time, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Renee Yax confirmed that the Sheriff’s Office was aware of the situation on Clayton Drive and was working to locate the bank to figure out the legalities of the situation.

Yax said a squatter is defined as a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land, or a settler with no legal title to the land occupied, typically one on land not yet allocated by a government.

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