Detroit homeowner and baby daughter forced to share their house with SQUATTER who moved in while they were away during home repairs

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  • Squatter  moved in, changed locks, reworked plumbing and replaced appliances
  • Filed a report  with the city stating the house was abandoned
  • Placed a $8,500  lien the house

By John Clarke

PUBLISHED:14:23 EST, 10  October 2012| UPDATED:17:37 EST, 10 October 2012

A Detroit woman and her one-year-old daughter  are being forced to live with a squatter in their own home until a housing court  decides on eviction proceedings.

Homeowner Heidi Peterson claims the  squatter, former tenant Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, took  over the residence while Peterson was away for a year during extensive home  repairs.

After the necessary repairs were complete,  Peterson returned last week only find out that Blair had changed the locks. She  had also taken the liberty to decorate the house, rework the plumbing and  replace appliances.

According to neighbors, Blair had been living  in the house for months.

Heidi Peterson always dreamed of living in a historical  home. In May of 2010, she bought one in Detroit’s Boston-Edison District for  $23,000. Now a squatter refuses to leave

She also discovered Blair had managed to put a lien on the house, which she had told  the city was abandoned, reports

Blair, who is a  write-in candidate for U.S. President, refuses to leave. And until a housing  court evicts her, Blair, Peterson and Peterson’s baby girl are forced to live  under the same roof.

Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, an alleged squatter and  write-in candidate for President of the United States refuses to leave a Detroit  home owned by Heidi Peterson

“I thought if the house is not safe, how can  I come here with my child,” Peterson told MyFoxDetroit. “There’s an issue with  that. But should I lose my house to a squatter because I  don’t have rights to  my property or should I fight to get it back.”

Heidi Peterson paid $23,000 for this historic home in  the Boston District of Detroit

Peterson said that she and her baby had to  vacate the house in February 2011 after the boiler was damaged.

“In February 2011, we had to vacate  because  the boiler was damaged,” she said.  “I took all my books and my  writings,  but my (furniture was) still  left in (there).”

When Peterson returned, she discovered Blair  living in the house.

Alleged squatter Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair refuses  to leave. Now, homeowner Heidi Peterson and her baby daughter (pictured) are  forced to sleep one room away from each other.

According to the report, a squatter does not  have a legal right to the property, but under the law the  homeowner cannot  remove a squatter by force.

In most cases, the homeowner has to  file a  civil action in court, prove it’s their property and evict the squatter.  That  is what Peterson is trying to do.

Squatting is nothing new to Detroit,  which  has been hit hard by foreclosures and has miles and miles of  abandoned homes,  including the childhood home of Republican Presidential  nominee Mitt  Romney.

Peterson said she can’t afford  to go  anywhere else and is  forced to live  under the same roof with the squatter  until she can legally evict the woman, the report said

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