A grandmother who faced eviction here last year after she fell victim to a “fake landlord” scam is getting the chance to buy her home, lawyers connected to her case said.
June Walker, 65, signed a rent-to-own lease on a three-bedroom bungalow in 2019 and spent the next two years fixing it up, paying $550 a month to a man who claimed to work for her landlord.
She thought she’d bought the house until June, when the home’s actual owner — a Florida-based real estate company called Boccafe LLC — filed to evict her. Walker’s case was one of several NBC News and Outlier Media reported on last fall in an investigation of the scam, in which people sell or rent vacant homes they don’t own. At the time, Walker was worried she’d become homeless.
Those worries subsided this week, when an agreement filed in Detroit’s 36th District housing court paved the way to end the eviction. Boccafe pledged to sell Walker the house for $45,000, which Walker will pay using money from a donor who read about her case on NBC News.
The deal calls for Walker to get the deed to her house by June 30.
“I’m elated,” Walker said. “Hopefully this will open doors or help other people who are going through this or keep them from going through something like this.”
The donor, a Texas entrepreneur who grew up in Detroit, asked not to be identified.
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SOURCE: NBC News