'Squatter's' bizarre excuse for living in half-million-dollar Colorado home without paying rent for a year after owner died without a will

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A female who claims she is not a squatter has been surviving successful a half-million-dollar location successful Colorado for much than a twelvemonth without paying rent. 

Mecca Busey has resided successful a 102-year-old location worthy astir $482,000 successful Lakewood since nan erstwhile homeowner, who did not person a will, died successful January 2023.

Though she is not listed connected nan lease, Busey told 9News that alternatively of a written lease, she has a 'verbal lease' pinch nan homeowner's granddaughter, who told her that she tin unrecorded successful nan location rent-free. 

Records revealed that nan granddaughter, who has not been named, moved retired of nan location to unrecorded successful a installation for group pinch disabilities conscionable earlier her grandfather died. 

The granddaughter could perchance beryllium nan inheritor of the  spot and now she  wants Busey to move retired of nan home. 

When asked if she is simply a squatter, Busey said: 'Absolutely not, I'm not a squatter.' 

Mecca Busey has resided successful a 102-year-old location worthy astir $482,000 since January 2023

Busey said that nan erstwhile owner's granddaughter told her she could enactment successful nan location if she made renovations to it. The erstwhile proprietor died and did not person a will 

Busey said that her hubby utilized to activity for nan deceased homeowner and that nan granddaughter agreed to fto her unrecorded location if she made location improvements, pinch plans to later bargain nan spot from her. 

The abnormal granddaughter is considered a 'vulnerable adult,' who mightiness not person nan intelligence capacity to make a determination for illustration that, according to tribunal and constabulary records. 

Busey claims that she has invested much than $200,000 into renovations connected nan house, including cleaning up nan gait and re-modeling nan kitchen. 

'That's what I'm saying, I really thought I was getting nan house, aliases I would not person done that,' Busey said. 

She added that she felt wholly blindsided by nan granddaughter's petition to time off nan property. 

'I get present and I make it look bully and each of nan abrupt they want maine retired without moreover coming to talk to me,' Busey said. 

'I mean, this was a full sideswipe.' 

Records showed that neighbors person made allegations and called nan constabulary connected Busey aggregate times successful nan past year. 

Busey claims that she has invested much than $200,000 into renovations connected nan location (pictured: The earlier and aft of nan home's section aft Busey cleaned it up) 

'That's what I'm saying, I really thought I was getting nan house, aliases I would not person done that,' Busey said. (pictured: The earlier and aft of nan home's room aft Busey renovated) 

The Lakewood Police Department responded to nan location 19 times for complaints astir codification violations, 'unwanted party,' trespassing and harassment, 9News reported. 

In consequence to nan neighbors' claims, Busey said: 'They’re saying things that are wholly untrue. There has been nary criminal activity here.' 

Busey said that she 'absolutely' regrets not getting a written lease for nan home. 

In Colorado verbal leases tin legally exist, but they only past for little than a year. Verbal leases are besides harder to beryllium successful court, leaving nan statement to beryllium made based connected nan credibility of nan witnesses. 

Busey has astatine slightest 2 felony convictions of personality theft successful nan state.

In 2020, she was arrested aft she was recovered successful a conveyance pinch IDs, slope relationship paperwork and taxation forms that belonged to 'up to 40 different identities,' tribunal records showed.

Busey has astatine slightest 2 felony convictions successful nan state, some for personality theft. According to her social media accounts, Busey is simply a Retail Merchandiser astatine SAS Retail Services

During that arrest, Busey was connected parole for a erstwhile felony conviction. 

When confronted astir her criminal history, Busey said that she isn't presently stealing anyone's identity, and she is who she says she is.

'This has thing to do pinch that, and yes, I've done my clip truthful I person nary problem speaking connected it,' Busey said. 

According to her LinkedIn, Busey is simply a Retail Merchandiser astatine SAS Retail Services. 

She said that she will vacate nan location if she is legally forced out, but for now, she plans to conflict for nan home. 

Busey said: 'If things alteration and I tin person nan house, past absolutely, yeah. I want nan house.'

A typical administrator has been appointed to nan lawsuit by nan Jefferson County tribunal system, and will assistance successful figuring retired who nan location belongs to.

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