Squatters invade a rental home that's up for sale

Squatters invade a rental home that's up for sale »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- When buying a home off Berkshire and Akers Roads 6-years ago, Laura Jara never thought she would find herself upside down on the loan.

Earlier this month, she wrapped a short-sale deal that was to close this week. Things were going smoothly until her tenants that were in the process of moving out called her and said someone changed their locks.

“I came by my house to see what was going on and I find out there are people living in the house," Jara said.

A man identifying himself as John Kimble came outside and told her he rented the home. He even showed her a contract and receipts for the rent and deposit.

She pleaded with the man to move out. Initially he ignored her. Later, Jara decided to call the police to help her previous tenants get their belongings.

After talking with an officer, she said Kimble wrote a note that said he would move out of the house within 2 weeks. “The handwriting on the note is exactly the handwriting on the contract he showed me. He forged the signature and the receipts,” Jara said.

Scott Tobias is head of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors. Tobias is not the realtor for this deal, but he said squatters make it almost impossible to close.

"Most contracts are written that the house needs to be vacated, so whoever is buying it can take possession, ” Tobias said.