A PENSIONER has been kicked out of his own apartment by a squatter – who is his own granddaughter.
Vicente Moreda, 87, was on his way to visit his daughter when he was told the gorgeous teenager had moved in with a friend and had the locks swapped.
It plunged the family into a year-long legal battle to evict the squatter from Vicente’s Madrid apartment.
And it became big news in Spain when TV crews camped outside the downtown apartment building, reports El Pais.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” said Vicente, whose wife is in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s.
“For that to happen to me at the age of 87 and with all the fuss.”
He was staying with his daughter Amelia, 51, in the southern city of Cartagena when a neighbor called him.
They told him, “One of your relatives just came to your house with another girl and a locksmith.”
It turned out to be Amelia’s daughter Paula, 18, who he hasn’t spoken to in over a year.
Vicente said: “I haven’t heard from her since she threatened me with a knife in Cartagena a year ago.
“I do not understand that. She was involved in drugs and stuff and now…”
He and his daughter went to the police hoping they would help in May 2019.
Amelia said: “We provided the girl’s details and it turns out we shouldn’t have.
“I said it was my daughter and that it was forced entry.
“They told me they would evict them in 48 hours but now they have told me there will be a delay because it is a family member and we have to take it to court.”
Paula reportedly changed the locks and installed an alarm system in her grandfather’s apartment.
Another adult, a child and three cats are said to have lived there.
She reportedly refuses to answer the phone or come to the door. When they visited, they heard laughter from inside.
Another time, Vicente was filmed on local television pleading through the locked door, accompanied by a negotiator from a company that helps people get their homes back from squatters.
“I have to go in, please open the door,” said Grandpa. “Paula, why did you come up with this idea?”
Please just stop this madness. I don’t want to see my granddaughter in prison.
According to her mother, Paula was in a children’s home until she left the home at the age of 18.
Amelia told El Pais, “When she was young, she already showed what was to come.
“She is the middle child and has two brothers. The other two are studying and they knew this could happen.
“My ex-husband came to Madrid with her and, theoretically, he was with her. Until now.
“A lot of the problems I had with my ex-husband stemmed from her.
“How do I get her out of there, how do I do that?”
Vicente, a retired importer, added: “I don’t want to die without this sorted out.
“Please stop this madness.
“I don’t want to see my granddaughter in prison. I’ve always loved her very much and used to take her to the park when she was little.”
Less than a year after Paula moved in, a court sided with her and rejected Vicente’s eviction request.
“In this country it is impossible to protect private property. We are helpless,” Amelia told Libre Mercado in April 2020.
Vicente added: “I can’t take it anymore. Justice has left us.
“I want to go home. It’s driving me crazy.”
Later that year, another court overturned the bizarre ruling and Paula was eventually forced to return the keys.
She made her grandfather homeless for a year but was fined just €360, reports El Mundo.
Last week, a squad of ex-special forces veterans abseiled from a posh London home to evict squatters.
The private security team hung on ropes to stop squatters from jumping out windows while bailiffs burst in through the front door.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5658426/squatter-granddaughter-changed-locks/ I was kicked out of my apartment by my squatter granddaughter… she moved in with a friend and changed the locks