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.