Ken Robinson Says He's Leaving His $16 Flower Mound House Without a Fight

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Facing eviction, Ken Robinson is leaving the abandoned Flower Mound home he's occupied since summer.
Seven months after citing an uncommon application of the law of adverse possession and moving into an abandoned suburban homestead in Flower Mound, Ken Robinson is on his way out. At a hearing this morning regarding his recent eviction notice, a Flower Mound judge ruled that Robinson, who did not appear in court, must either appeal by next Monday or vacate the Waterford Drive property.

"If they are the true owners, then you're supposed to give it up anyway," Robinson says. Bank of America produced a deed proving ownership at this morning's hearing, according to The Dallas Morning News, and Robinson tells Unfair Park he will not appeal because he doesn't feel that the law is on his side.

"I'm just thankful for Flower Mound and Denton County for following the proper lawful procedures," Robinson says. "I went in doing this strictly by following a lawful process." And now that the process has played itself out, he says, "I'm neither happy nor disappointed."

Robinson's already moved out most of his belongings. "I've got about two or three items left," he says. Asked whether he'll take the pool table the previous owners left in the home, Robinson didn't have a clear answer. "What's that got to do with the process? ... It's still up in the air," he says.

Coining his maneuver with the same verbiage as always, Robinson says, "It was just a simple real estate transaction. In itself, I think it was a very successful transaction." Had it not been for the media attention, he says, he may have been able to hold onto the home longer, perhaps long enough to eventually acquire the deed under the law of adverse possession.

"I think without the interference, I would have been there long enough to challenge for the title," he says. "You call it attention, I call it interference."

He's lived and learned, he says, but he doesn't regret moving into the home. "I'm absolutely happy I did it, simply because it was unknown to me. Now I know; now I understand it. Hey, anytime you get to grow in this world we live in, you should."

So, where's he moving now?

"I'm not going to disclose that at all," he says.

Will he live elsewhere in Flower Mound?

"I'm not going to disclose that at all."

Is he adversely possessing another home?

"I'm not going to disclose that at all."

And just like that, Robinson is bowing out of the media spotlight that's shined on him since summer for his crafty real estate transaction. Only time, and perhaps property records or disgruntled neighbors, will tell whether there will be a next chapter to the story of The Man With The $16 House.

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hunter_852000
hunter_852000

He got off lightly.  He should have been thrown in jail for stealing.   Not stealing?  What do you call it?  He didn't have the deed, or anything under his name. At best, he was a trespasser, and should be shot. 

Houston cats
Houston cats

This has nothing to do with race.  Why didn't Mr. Robinson show up for hiseviction hearing? Does anyone truly believe he just found a key to the frontdoor? Or he is a real estate millionaire? (snort) 

Mr. Robinson comes from the something for nothing crowd. If you want what yourneighbor has you just break in the house. Total ghetto trash. Time to arrest him fororganized crime. Heck the idiot he even gave a video taped play by play to SMU law schoolall dressed up like a pimp.  Kenneth Robinson, aka total uneducated idiot. 

Follow this criminal all the way to prison............

Real talk it took 8 months to evict because this was in the bankruptcy courts. Ding dong.

Marewaltwms
Marewaltwms

Seem as though you come from a certain crowd as well.

Real Talk
Real Talk

Stop being jealous idiots....  This guy is not a theif and he did not do anything wrong.  We are all SQUATING on Native American Land...  If they came and asked us to leave would we???  You guys are mad that a black guy took a law made by white people used their law to his advantage...  You can't break and enter into a home that has been abandoned...  If he did, your going to tell me it took 8 months to figure out you've been robbed???  Give me a break, they did everything possible to find a piece of paper to keep this dude from making them look like fools and legally obtaining a home for $16.00 while the so called smarter people paid $350,000 to legally aquire the same home.  Key Word (LEGALLY)  Just because he's black doesn't make it illegal...  What he did right or wrong was LEGAL and like I said if the was truly an home owner why did it take 8 months to finally lay claim to it???  Stop player hatin' it's bad for your health and don't be mad at the brother for following the law...  If you want to be mad at someone be mad at the whiye men who made the law and put it on the books....

Hallmercile
Hallmercile

Well,Well.....An American standing for his right to claim abandoned property. We have millions of abandoned homes in America in which the banks have lost the records providing true title ownership...Think of this way...If the AP lives in the property 7 years ; the AP has to pay property taxes for 7 years.  This is better than having no property taxes paid.

 

cinnamonowl
cinnamonowl

I understand why people are pissed, too, but frankly, when I think of the two evils - houses that are abandoned and taken over by crackheads, mold and bugs, which lower the value of everyone else's property... or houses that are abandoned that some enterprising squatter takes over and cleans up, starts paying taxes for... which is really worse? 

Doesn't matter if you're in Flower Mound or Detroit, people need to be realistic about the glut of homes, and the fact that Bank of America and other groups don't care whether the average citizen falls into foreclosure, and certainly don't care to maintain what they've lost. These foreclosures breed crime, trash, and sadly, stray animals. I just started fostering a beautiful purebred dog which we suspect was dumped as part of a foreclosure in our neighborhood. 

Another foreclosure in my neighborhood had rooms absolutely gutted with mold, the bank was not willing to go less than $99,000 despite the fact that rehab would take many thousands of dollars and make the place much more expensive. So the place kept rotting and rotting.

Maybe a compromise would make sense - like the foreclosures being turned over to groups like Habitat for Humanity, who carefully screen the family that come into these homes, and make sure that they not only can pay for the house, but participate in its rehab/building.  

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

JonDaniel, are you using a different name again?

Real Idiot
Real Idiot

It's breaking and entering.  Plain and simple.  Others have gone to prison for the same shit he pulled, and he taught for that matter, so pull your head out of your ass for one second and understand it's not a black thing (as much as you want it to be).  He should have waited for the judgement under AP and he should have been arrested, but all you "it's a black thing" would have thrown a temper tantrum if he went to jail.  And bringing up Native American Land.  What a non-argument at this point.

You and you're elementary thinking is part of the problem with this country.  Period.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Shorter Real Talk - Don't hate the player, hate the game.

pencil
pencil

I'll go back to Europe when the indians go back to Asia.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 Don't believe everything you read or are taught in history books....that Asia thing is a myth.

pencil
pencil

You must teach in the DISD.

pencil
pencil

I'll bet Robinson didn't appear in court fearing arrest afterwards, like it happened to those squatter's appearing in court in Tarrant County.

Bob
Bob

If you want to find out where he goes next, just watch the county deed recordings every so often and wait for his name to show up.

pencil
pencil

This self-proclaimed millionaire won't have any trouble putting a roof over his head.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Was he going to cite the case of Finders v. Keepers for the pool table?

Jeff
Jeff

Lionel Hutz at his finest!

renee
renee

as a matter of fact, there is a place in the california dessert before you get to Nevada, where you can parcel out a section of land and if you live there for 7yrs then you can take ownership of that land. I saw people actually living in tents to gain their section of land.

trudat
trudat

Yes.  I believe it.  I can't understand why so many people seem unwilling to believe the existance of the legal principle which allows this type of activity.  I have personally seen this same thing carried out successfully in rural Texas (once)  where there was no publicity for the folks who took possession of abandoned property. I have also heard of several other instances where this happened. 

renee
renee

what's funny is this is that he really didn't break any laws. The government put the law in place and it is actually taught in real estate and appraisal classes that you can take a home that has been abandoned, openly declare that you are taking possesion of the property and if the owner does not stake their claim in the property after the alotted time frame, that person that filed for adverse possession would in fact own the property. This law was put in place because there were people the would just abandon their property and the burden would be placed on the city to maintain it or demo it. He knew the law. unfortunately for this particular property the owner claimed it before the lost it all is fair.

Guest
Guest

 What makes you think he didn't break any laws?  He broke into a home that he knew did not belong to him.  That is breaking and entering and trespass.  The adverse possession statute offers no defense to either criminal charge.  He should leave the house in handcuffs. 

Real Talk
Real Talk

If you followed the story you would know the police were called and left because there were no laws broken...  DUHH, that's why there were no 911 calls from the owner.. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Probably because Bank of America owns thousands of homes. You do know that's who owns the home, right?

Guest
Guest

 Several people have been arrested for doing exactly the same thing. 

Phelps
Phelps

Too bad we're not still strict mark-to-market.  Maybe BoA should write the value on the house down to $16.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Interference?You didn't mind when you were inviting the media into the house, at least that I could see. He brought attention to himself. If he would have ignored everyone, and not told the media what he'd done, he'd probably be alright. On top of that, lecturing at SMU, 16dollarhouse.com, and anything else he's done, just was icing on the cake. You had a good run Ken. Good luck on your next way to beat the system.

Guest
Guest

His site is 16dollarhouse.com.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Corrected. For some reason that site wouldn't come up yesterday. I guess he got more traffic than normal. Wait, Ken?

Montemalone
Montemalone

He should go someplace where this scheme would work, like Detroit. Hell, the banks would probably even pay his filing fee.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Have you ever been to Detroit?

Downtown Detroit is really cool. A famous hockey arena, a great baseball park with bars and restaurants next door (something we sadly don't have), a tram system, great architecture, Greektown, etc.

Flower Mound has, um...

cinnamonowl
cinnamonowl

You forgot to add that Windsor's also right next door, chock full of Aero bars and poutine for the snacking. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

There's a LOT of vacant houses in Detroit. The banks aren't exactly fighting to get them back.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

I'd gladly pay $16 to live in a house rent free for a few months and I'd bet plenty of the complainers would too.

Jeff
Jeff

And so BofA has yet another empty house sitting on thier books.  Good for them.

Guest
Guest

 Well, it was going to be hard to sell the place to a paying buyer without explaining the random man living in the house telling realtors they couldn't come in. 

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

If the squatter wasn't paying the mortgage the house was effectively empty in the eyes of BofA the whole time.

Tom L (No, Not That L)
Tom L (No, Not That L)

Well of course he's leaving. He knows it's time to get while the getting is good.

By way of that $16 filing fee he was able to semi-legally squat in that house for however long it was. Sure, the court ruled against him, but what y'all are missing is that he ain't doing any jail time for his little game of breaking-and-entering.

And his next house is only another $16 filing fee away.

Marewaltwms
Marewaltwms

Well Tom, he didn't break the law.  He used an obscure law that has been on the books since the 1800s.  Great research.  I figure if large corporations can steal millions and take the retirement futures of hard working people and do no jail time well hmmm. 

Dmtrousd
Dmtrousd

Exactly. If I lived next to a house that had been put in foreclosure, I'd be ok with some dude moving in and improving upon it. The guy fixed up the house and maintained the lawn, which is many times better than what usually happens with foreclosures. His actions had zero negative effect on the neighbors (other than hurt feelings about "that's not the way it's supposed to be done!"), and now the house will go back to it's dilapidated state, further lowering property values.

Guest
Guest

 Which is why he should be arrested.  He'll get a place to stay without having to pay a $16 filing fee. 

Nicole Liller
Nicole Liller

Yeah.. WE'LL have to pay for his new place to stay. I prefer him bouncing from house to house rather than paying for his prison dormitory. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This guy is pond scum. Want a $400,000 house in the Mound?  Get a second job......you are what is wrong with this country

G_David
G_David

 If that piece of shit is worth $400,000, then that picture doesn't really do it justice.  And anybody that actually WANTS to live in "the Mound", well, God bless 'em.

Dallasdementia
Dallasdementia

whats so great about living in Dallas?  You get to pay a shit load of taxes to fund a shitty school district. Fuck yeah dallas!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Don't even argue with them.......they simply think it's cool to live in a dangerous, dirty toilet like Dallas City.  Why live in the burbs, where the schools are great, zero crime, and are streets are paved?  Hey, who likes a solid infrastructure, and a NON corrupt government.  I prefer my domain with pig blood in the creek, potholes the size of Rhode Island, and filthy, murderous gangs!  

Kergo out.

Rangers100
Rangers100

LOL. Holy irony.

Wanda
Wanda

no one understands this response.

Guest
Guest

 What makes you think he's white?  And what's wrong with being white?

Rangers100
Rangers100

Kergo, a white guy living deep within a sprawling vastness of housing subdivisions and strip malls, talking about what's wrong with the country...

Just great stuff.

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