Apr 8, 2009, 8:00 AM
Post #12 of 26
When we first moved to Chiapas we found an ideal property to buy: a couple of acres, all behind high walls, a well, lots of fruit trees, and a beautiful old L-shaped adobe hacienda with verandas all around. And the price was right. We made a handshake deal with the elderly owner, who was selling because he had cancer, and made an appointment with a notario publico. The rooms of the house were occupied by families, not all of whom were paying rent, but the owner assured us he would have them out in time for us to move our family in.
We were then told by another lawyer that it would be extremely difficult to evict the current tenants, even those without a lease and rental history. It might actually be required that in order to make them move we, as new owners, might have to provide them with other living arrangements of equal or better quality.
Friends offered a more practical solution: we should just move into the vacant areas of the house ourselves and make ourselves as obnoxious as possible. The trespassers would be intimidated enough that they were having to live alongside crazy gringos and would soon move of their own volition. This was the option we were going for.
Fortunately, the matter was moot when it turned out the old man had bought the property in the names of his daughters when they were babies. As adults they were now scattered to the winds, primarily somewhere NOB, and he could not get in touch with them. They, not he, were the legal owners and he could not sell.