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Homeowner Heidi Peterson Not Allowed to Kick Out Squatter, Must Share Home Until Court Battle

A Detroit woman has returned home after being gone for a year, only to find that a woman had been, and still is, squatting in her house. 

According to Gawker, Heidi Peterson's home is in Detroit's historic Boston-Edison district. She was surprised to find Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, who is a write-in candidate for President of the United States, living in her house and claiming that she has a lease. 

To make matters worse, Peterson is unable to force Blair out of the house until the two go to court and Peterson proves that the house is hers. 

Blair did have a lease, but the lease ended in February 2011 after the house was declared "unfit for habitation." 

Blair decided to make the house habitable by returning to it and making a series of repairs, including replacing the appliances and changing the locks. 

Peterson claims that Blair believes these repairs enable her to legally live in her house. 

"She thinks this is a program in Detroit to take people's homes and fix them up and then she gets to keep them," Peterson said. 

Fox 2 News asked Blair if she believes this is a real housing program, but Blair only said she was "an advocate for affordable housing" and that she made it a "central part of her political campaign."

The two are preparing to battle it out in court, but the battle will be difficult. Blair has filed papers claiming that the house was abandoned and she has also put a construction lien on the property. 

Peterson and her 1-year-old daughter must share the space with Blair until the case is settled in court. 


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