A Nashville woman has been forced to take steps to evict a man who sold her his home but now refuses to leave.
Tamara Holloway closed on her new home June 1, a closing that has been confirmed by the title company that oversaw the sale, according to WKRN.
The problem is that the seller, Justin McCrory, is still living in the house almost two weeks past the closing date.
"It's been a nightmare," Holloway told WKRN. "The seller has essentially pirated my house."
McCrory, who has lived in the home for four years, maintains that he is not legally obligated to leave the property.
"I technically don't have to go anywhere," he said. "They'd have to evict me and they're not having that."
Holloway is one step ahead of him. She told WKRN that she filed a detainer warrant – the first step in getting McCrory evicted. Even so, it could take up to 30 days to permanently remove him from the property.
When WKRN reporter Jessica Jaglois began asking McCrory more questions, he reportedly became aggressive.
"Shut your mouth," he told her. "You need to learn to take orders!"
Mark Leedom of Signature Title Services said his company instructed McCrory via email to vacate the property. McCrory never responded.
Neither Leedom nor real estate attorney Grover Collins, to whom WKRN reached out for comment, has encountered a situation in which the seller of a home refuses to leave. Collins reportedly offered his services to Holloway pro bono.
Upon learning of the matter, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) president Denise Creswell offered a few tips to prospective buyers: obtain the keys when you close on the home, and try to only work with sellers who are represented by realtors. Holloway did not get her keys and McCrory did not have a realtor representing him.
"Make sure your realtor understands that it's a 'for sale by owner' and can work with [the] other party to make sure things like this don’t slip through the cracks," Creswell said.
GNAR is working hard to develop more affordable housing opportunities in Nashville, including a wider variety of loan programs and financing options, according to an article Creswell published in an April edition of The Tennessean.