Adverse Possession Resident Forced Out of Home

Kenneth Robinson voluntarily left the home in Flower Mound

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    Kenneth Robinson claimed for $15 he could live in this $340,000 Flower Mound home under "squatter's rights" but a Denton judge disagreed.

    A man who's gained notoriety for claiming he can live in a $340,000 for $16 voluntarily left the Flower Mound home he was living in just hours before a court ordered him to get out.

    Kenneth Robinson said he's filed an "affidavit of adverse possession" also known as "squatter's rights" that gave him the right to live in the empty foreclosed home in Flower Mound.

    Real estate experts and Bank of America saw it differently. The bank said it foreclosed on the house last month and wanted Robinson out. Arlington real estate lawyer Grey Pierson said Robinson and others have misinterpreted what adverse possession means.

    A Denton County judge agreed and on Monday ruled the bank can force him out, but Robinson left before the ruling could be enforced.

    Neighbors were thrilled. "We're gonna throw a party. It'll be good," said Chris Custard. "The neighbors that live across the street from him and directly next to him will be real happy he's gone."

    51-year-old Robinson has been featured on local television, spoken to law school students and created his own website: http://16dollarhouse.com.

    Prosecutors also are cracking down on others seeking to emulate Robinson.