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Chicago woman says stranger moved into home for sale and refuses to leave

A Chicago woman says a stranger moved into her vacant Chatham property and is refusing to leave, and police say they can't do anything about it.

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A Chicago woman says a stranger moved into her vacant Chatham property and is refusing to leave, and police say they can’t do anything about it.

Highlights

  • Danielle Cruz says she listed her Chicago home for sale, but a stranger moved in shortly after.
  • She says the stranger signed a month-to-month lease with a so-called landlord and paid $8,000 up front.
  • Police say they couldn’t prove she was trespassing, but it’s a civil matter.
  • Real estate attorney says it’s not uncommon; police refer homeowners to the eviction courts in Cook County, Illinois, which are backlogged.
  • Cruz: “I definitely do feel violated.
  • I own this house, and it feels like if anyone can just break into your house and kind of take over - that’s a scary feeling”