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Naples neighbors complain about squatters

Posted at 8:36 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 08:36:34-04

NAPLES, Fla. -- Not everyone is rolling out the red carpet for a new neighbor in a Naples community, as nearby residents complain about people moving into a vacant house.

Residents along Country Club Lane have been trying for several days to find out who owns the home, ever since two men moved in.  Friday, sheriff's deputies arrived after neighbors called police on one of the men.

"It's very unfortunate that families can expire their blood sweat and tears to find the American dream, and a couple knuckleheads can consume a property."

Though not exactly a dream home, neighbors say two men moved into the house at the end of a cul de sac on Country Club Lane last week.  One of them told us he has every right to be there.

"The power company, they just sent me a letter, saying 'congratulations on your new move.'"

He says he is renting the home.  The landlord was supposed to show us paperwork, but he never showed up.

The president of the Palm River Homeowner's Association, David Alger, says the bank owns the home.  "Yes, it's a bank that we've been calling, but haven't gotten a response.  They've been out of the country."

Alger says not knowing who these men are or where they came from worries him and others living next door.  'It's a dead end road, with lots of cul de sacs.  Kids are riding go carts and riding go carts having a good time, playing basketball.  We can't afford to have this type of situation in this community," says Alger.

But the man living there says he plans to fix up this home.  "I'm going to make sure everything is ok, so that it doesn't look like an eyesore, as long as everything is ok."

While we were there Friday, Collier County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene.  A neighbor called them after seeing how heated the man got when he saw our crew on the scene.