Woman Complaining About Mansion Squatter Is A Top Boca Taxpayer

Lyn Houston, shown in a Boca Raton Rotary Club photograph.

Lyn Houston, shown in a Boca Raton Rotary Club photograph.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The woman complaining the loudest about the “squatter” who filed an “adverse possession” claim on a multi-million Boca Raton mansion is one of Boca Raton’s top taxpayers, and the second-to-top tax paying resident on the street.

Lyn Houston, who has appeared on television and in various South Florida newspapers to express fear and dismay at the squatter who goes by the name “Loki Boy” has hired the Boca Raton Police Department to keep watch outside her home at 590 Golden Harbour Drive.

Boca Raton Police say her tax status is not a factor in the city’s willingness to provide off-duty protection for a fee.

“We have dozens (of requests) a week, from churches to restaurants” said spokesman Mark Economou, who adds that even without her paid request, the City had increased patrols in the area.

Houston’s pending 2012 tax bill is $45,370. She purchased the property for $130,000 in 1970. The “total market value” today, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, is $2,649,563.

“Loki Boy” — who also is known as 23-year-old Andre Barbosa — used Florida Statute 95.18 to tell the Clerk of Courts that he’s taking over the property which has been owned by the Bank of America since last summer.

The property, at 580 Golden Harbour, has a “fair market value” of $2,037,059, and taxes due of $39,200. The catch: he needs to stay in the property for seven years, and then pay back taxes. So far, he has paid nothing.

Lyn Houston may be among the top taxpayers, but not the only upper-end taxpayers on the street.

Public records reveal the following homeowners and their tax amounts in the area of the house serving as a home to “Loki Boy.”

Russell and June Naples — 571 Golden Harbour Drive — $22,896

Rebbecca Davis — 591 Golden Harbour Drive — $17,566

Arthur Grossman — 600 Golden Harbour Drive — $38,443

Scott and Susan Kornspan — 610 Golden Harbour Drive — $30,593

Jeffrey and Melanie Katzell — 620 Golden Harbour Drive — 23,207

Craig Hallman — 500 Golden Harbour Drive — $21,688

Gary Pollack — 531 Golden Harbor Drive — $22,956

Ellen Sagawa — 540 Golden Harbour Drive — $26,448

Philip Gurian — 550 Golden Harbour Drive — $25,295

Melanie Katzell — 620 Golden Harbour Drive — $23,207

Anthony Alberico — 621 Golden Harbour Drive — $28,767

Michael J. Margolies — 630 Golden Harbour Drive — $29,228

Jean P. Lessard — 640 Golden Harbour Drive — $22,027

Roy Moore — 650 Golden Harbour Drive — $40,543

Beatrice Leibowitz — 660 Golden Harbour Drive — $29,170

Freyda Burns — 670 Golden Harbour Drive — $29,273

Daniel and Dena Man — 690 Golden Harbour Drive — $47,368

Gerald Spector — 700 Golden Harbour Drive — $30,361

Here’s the Florida Statute being cited by “Loki Boy.”

195.18 Real property actions; adverse possession without color of title.—

(1) When the occupant has, or those under whom the occupant claims have, been in actual continued occupation of real property for 7 years under a claim of title exclusive of any other right, but not founded on a written instrument, judgment, or decree, the property actually occupied is held adversely if the person claiming adverse possession made a return, as required under subsection (3), of the property by proper legal description to the property appraiser of the county where it is located within 1 year after entering into possession and has subsequently paid, subject to s. 197.3335, all taxes and matured installments of special improvement liens levied against the property by the state, county, and municipality.
(2) For the purpose of this section, property is deemed to be possessed if the property has been:

(a) Protected by substantial enclosure;
(b) Cultivated or improved in a usual manner; or
(c) Occupied and maintained.

(3) A person claiming adverse possession under this section must make a return of the property by providing to the property appraiser a uniform return on a form provided by the Department of Revenue. The return must include all of the following:

(a) The name and address of the person claiming adverse possession.
(b) The date that the person claiming adverse possession entered into possession of the property.
(c) A full and complete legal description of the property that is subject to the adverse possession claim.
(d) A notarized attestation clause that states:UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, I DECLARE THAT I HAVE READ THE FOREGOING RETURN AND THAT THE FACTS STATED IN IT ARE TRUE AND CORRECT.
(e) A description of the use of the property by the person claiming adverse possession.
(f) A receipt to be completed by the property appraiser.

 

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  2 comments for “Woman Complaining About Mansion Squatter Is A Top Boca Taxpayer

  1. pg
    February 6, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 AM

    If the taxes are not paid, the City sells a tax certificate to third parties, which becomes a lien on the property and if not paid within a statutory period, the holder can acquire title.

    Assuming that the Bank is continuing to pay the annual taxes … and if that’s true, that fact might in and of itself defeat the claim that the possession is adverse, so that title would not be passable.

  2. duane chapman
    February 7, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 AM

    this is a non-story….Ms. Houston is simply trying to buy the property herself & is miffed someone has stepped in her path. She is used to getting what she wants with her money & now has to wait for the process to run it’s path. She has brought unrelenting media attention to her quiet neighborhood & from news videos posted, has in fact, trespassed herself. She took a news crew into the unlocked doors of the home to walk around….i dont recall reading BofA granting her permission to enter the home for any reason. This is a perfect example of NIMBY>>>>>

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