SPRINGDALE, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Imagine going out of town to visit a dying relative only to come home and find a complete stranger living in your house; and worse, that stranger now says he legally owns that house.

WLWT-TV reported that Robert Carr moved into a house, changed the locks, and emptied the house.

Carr says he is able to claim the property through something called a “quiet title.” He says the family abandoned the house and gave up their rights.

Carr wants to keep the home and not have to pay a penny.

“What he’s looking for is full title and ownership of the home,” Alison Warner, the family’s attorney, told WLWT. “He’s in their home. They don’t know when he’s there. He can be there now.”

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The family has charged Carr with breaking and entering but he is even fighting that charge.

A quiet title action lawsuit brought in a court over property disputes. It is used to establish who legally owns a property.

The FBI has been informed about this case.

“They’ll come together as groups to receive training, how to conduct some of these schemes from a financial standpoint, to understand what they consider the common law and how they can use that common law for their sovereign purposes,” Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius told WLWT. “I’m not familiar with any cases where it’s held up in court. I think that it holds up the process of the court’s decision.”


The family in this case has called this ordeal a nightmare.

“It’s really been hard,” the homeowner told the station.

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