ATLANTA — Instagram tells Channel 2 Motion Information that it has deactivated an account that allowed individuals to squat in metro Atlanta houses for a one-time payment.
Channel 2 shopper investigator Justin Grey first reported on the account on Monday on Channel 2 Motion Information at 5 p.m.
At first look, it regarded identical to one other actual property professional hustling to hire houses on social media.
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However at 1TimePaymentHomes, the positioning made it clear they have been renting out squatter houses and spelled out simply what meaning in a pinned Insta story.
“The corporate’s homeowners will come out, so will the police. The police will let you know there’s nothing they’ll do about it — squatters rights,” the story stated.
“It is a legal act. That is stealing and must be checked out that approach,” stated a property proprietor who requested solely to be recognized as David.
Property homeowners and managers say the squatting drawback has exploded over the previous yr in metro Atlanta.
“It’s like I gave away $200,000, I really feel,” home-owner Michael Holmes stated.
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Holmes instructed Grey that he used his life financial savings to purchase a DeKalb County residence out of foreclosures eight months in the past as a rental property.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Holmes stated.
The alleged squatter residing inside has filed greater than 30 motions in courtroom to tie up Holmes’ efforts to get him out.
“If I can’t deliver this to some kind of decision, I’ll be in jeopardy of submitting chapter,” Holmes stated.
1timePaymentHomes was working a New 12 months’s particular: $1,400 for keys and a lease in order a squatter you’ll be able to “stack cash and switch ya life round.”
“It makes you’re feeling like, ‘Why do you play by the foundations if everybody doesn’t should?’” Holmes stated.
Channel 2 Motion Information went undercover to confront the individuals behind the account. After messaging with somebody working the account by way of direct messages we ultimately settled on a time and place to fulfill in Union County.
As quickly as they noticed our Channel 2 Motion Information digicam coming, the 1TimePaymentHomes consultant took off working.
“Hey sir, it’s Justin Grey with Channel 2. Are you promoting a squatter residence proper right here? You bought the keys?” Grey requested the consultant as they took off in a automobile.
After Grey’s investigation aired, he despatched a hyperlink to Instagram. The app stated they ended up taking the account down for violating their phrases of service.
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