Andre Barbosa can safely say that he has one of the nicest homes on the block in Boca Raton, Florida.
But the 23-year-old Brazilian national does not own or even rent the palatial $2.5million estate legally – he is a squatter.
Barbosa, originally from the neighboring Pompano Beach, moved into 580 Golden Harbour Drive in July
Now he is threatening to use an obscure real estate law that allows people to claim a property as their own if they stay there for seven years.
No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot be arrested.
Other residents in the tony part of Boca Raton where most home sell for upwards of $1million want something done about the unusual living arrangement.
Next-door neighbor Lyn Houston told the Sun-Sentinel that she had approached Bank of America last week with an offer to buy the foreclosed house that Barbosa has been calling home, but she has received no response.
‘We’re all going crazy, trying to figure out what to do,’ she said. ‘It’s unbelievable that it can be done. Plus, if they’ve got the balls to break in the house, what’s to prevent them from coming over here?’
Barbosa was not immediately available for comment, but on Wednesday afternoon, Bank of America released the following statement to MailOnline:
‘We have been in communication with the Boca Raton Police Department regarding the concerns with the occupants of Golden Harbour Drive property.
‘There is a certain legal process we are required by law to follow and we have filed the appropriate action. The bank is taking this situation seriously and we will work diligently to resolve this matter.’
Property records show that the house, which was built in 2001, was sold to a family in 2005 for $3.1million. The deed is currently valued at $2.48million.
Bank of America foreclosed on the cream-colored stucco mansion in July. Shortly after, Barbosa notified the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office that he was moving in.
Barbosa posted a notice in the front window of his swanky residence naming him as a ‘living beneficiary to the Divine Estate being superior of commerce and usury.’
Next to it he placed a signed copy of the Adverse Possession law, which allows a person to claim the title on a property after seven years.
Police were called to the address the day after Christmas, but did not evict Barbosa after he presented officers a copy of the adverse possession documents.
Speaking to ABCNews.com Thursday, a homeowner who asked not to be identified said that he entered the house around the same time and found four people inside, Barbosa among them.
One of the people said that the group is ‘establishing an embassy for their mission,’ and that families would be moving in and out of the property.
The neighbor said he believes that the 23-year-old is a ‘patsy’ who got caught up in something bigger.
According to his Facebook page, the 23-year-old, who refers to himself as ‘Loki Boy’ after the Norse god of mischief, attended South Technical Education Center in Boynton Beach and South Tech Academy in West Palm Beach.
In a brazen move, he also created a page for the Boca Raton mansion where he has been living and entertaining friends, which he calls Templo de Kamisamar.
Meanwhile, neighbors around Golden Harbour Drive who spoke to the station WPEC had a clear message for the unwanted resident: Leave now!
‘You’re walking into a house, it’s crazy. And the point of not being able to get him out is even crazier,’ one unidentified neighbor said.