Write-in Presidential candidate refuses to leave home
Heidi Peterson bought a historic home in the Boston-Edison District of Detroit for $23,000, and after spending a year away from the property, she came home with her baby to find a woman living in the home, who neighbors say had been there for months, reports MyFoxDetroit.
Peterson said, “She thinks that this is a program in Detroit to take people’s homes and fix them up and then she gets to keep them. I don’t know what her capabilities are. We’re afraid of her mindset of entitlement.”
Fox reports that Peterson leased the house to tenants in 2010, but when the property was found unfit to live in, she was forced to evict them all. One woman stayed behind who says she has filed papers with the city, claiming the property was abandoned. Peterson claims the woman changed the locks, replaced her appliances, reworked the plumbing, then put a lien on the house claiming if she did repairs to the home it became hers. Now, she will not leave.
“I thought if the house is not safe, how can I come here with my child? There’s an issue with that. But should I lose my house to a squatter because I don’t have rights to my property or should I fight to get it back,” said Peterson who says at this time she cannot afford an attorney, as she spent all of her money on the house.
The alleged squatter’s side of the story
The alleged squatter’s name is documented all over the house as Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, a write-in candidate for President who in recent years says she ran for the Senate. She claims she has a lease, but when talking to MyFoxDetroit, her dates did not quite match up to reality, claiming she has had a lease since October 2012.
“I have a construction lien for the repairs that I put into the house,” she said, referring to a “program” that she advocates for as part of her affordable housing work. “Someone had broke into the house on July the 4th and they stripped the radiators and I made a report,” she said.
“In February 2011, we had to vacate because the boiler was damaged,” she added. “I took all my books and my writings, but my [furniture was] still left in [there].”
The squatter cannot be removed
Under local law, the homeowner cannot remove a squatter by force, and police may not remove her, as they both claim rights to the property – the only resolution is a civil case, which Peterson says she is attempting.
Until then, she is forced to share the house with the alleged squatter, living only one room away with her daughter.