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CA Family Moves Into Home After Yearlong Standoff With Seller

Patch logo Patch 4/3/2021 Kat Schuster
a hand holding a knife: After a 15-month standoff with the previous owner, a family was able to cross the threshold of their bought and paid for home, Fox LA reported. © Shutterstock After a 15-month standoff with the previous owner, a family was able to cross the threshold of their bought and paid for home, Fox LA reported.

RIVERSIDE, CA — In January of 2020, Just a few months before the coronavirus pandemic upended life on the West Coast, a family had just closed escrow on a hilltop home in Riverside.

After a 15-month standoff with the previous owner, they were finally able to cross the threshold of their bought and paid for home, Fox LA reported.

The home's seller reportedly refused to let the couple move into the Riverside house, according to Trace and Myles Albert.

Read more from FOX LA: Riverside family finally moves into dream home after 15-month standoff with squatter

Their first step, the Alberts said, was legal proceedings. But after the state's eviction moratorium came down to help Californians in need during the early months of the pandemic, they ran into a dead-end, the couple told Fox LA.

The couple told the news station that they had spent their entire savings on the 4,000 square foot home.

The seller was identified by Fox LA in court documents as Sam Boktor and Miriam Khalil.

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