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American Director Exposes New York Squatting Laws Forcing Him To Pay Bills For Family Who Hijacked His Home

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As more illegal aliens flood the nation, expect this trend to increase

Last month, popular film and television director and screenwriter Jean de Segonzac experienced a nightmare scenario when his home was occupied by squatters and the government left him nearly powerless when trying to remove them from his property.

Jean de Segonzac lives in Bellport, New York and went out of town for 3 weeks.

Then he got a water bill. When called to turn off the water, the company told him that he couldn’t.

Turns out, random squatters moved into his house. New York law forbids a homeowner from shutting… pic.twitter.com/MX27zrqe1s

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De Segonzac, who has directed multiple episodes of Law & Order Special Victim’s Unit as well as several feature-length films, purchased the Bellport, New York home for $650,000 in August 2022.

The director explained the house was perfect for his family because it had ground-floor access to several rooms and the backyard, which is ideal for his 32-year-old daughter who uses a wheelchair.

Speaking with Long Island’s Newsday TV de Segonzac said he had his utilities shut off when he went out of town for three weeks and instead received a water bill, with the company saying the water couldn’t be shut off because somebody was “living in the house.”

Next, the filmmaker went to his home and confronted the couple living in his home but they claimed to have a “lease” allowing them to stay there.

According to New York state laws, de Segonzac was unable to lock the family out of the house or shut off utilities since the squatters had allegedly been in the home for more than 30 days and were considered legal tenants.

Local police informed the homeowner they couldn’t legally evict the unwanted occupants, but Bellport city officials ended up helping the screenwriter get rid of the squatters.

A team of inspectors sent to the home found black mold in the basement and were able to condemn the property since the mold was a health hazard.

The people living in the home even tried to remove the “condemned” signs in the front yard, but were eventually forced to leave or be arrested for trespassing.

In order to ensure the squatters wouldn’t return, the homeowner sold the property to the fire department and over the next month, they destroyed the doors, windows, and roof in training exercises.

“They pretty much made it 100% uninhabitable,” said de Segonzac’s architect.

The home was eventually bulldozed, and now the director is warning others so their properties aren’t also commandeered by people taking advantage of squatter loopholes.

“I should have spoken to all my neighbors. I should have asked them to keep a lookout while I was gone,” he said. “I should have put up security cameras. But I didn’t think that was necessary. It’s just a small, sleepy village.”

You’d be hard-pressed to find an American who supports squatter loopholes like this, but don’t expect politicians to make any changes to the laws anytime soon.


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