In this case, it could take so long to get this deadbeat-scammer-squatter out of her home, that the owner, Maria Diaz, stands a good chance of losing her home in foreclosure if she cannot get the squatter out of it.
City housing law mandates that landlords initiate lengthy eviction proceedings if an alleged squatter can prove he has lived somewhere more than 30 days.
One lawyer who specializes in such matters, Adam Leitman Bailey, said the process could take up to a year. “He can probably celebrate next Christmas there, too,” he said of Selassie.
Diaz does not have that kind of time. She said she’d have to declare bankruptcy and give up her Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, El Azteca, unless she sells the building before she loses it to a Texas bank.