A serial squatter who has avoided paying the mortgage on his home for 23 years will finally be evicted after a judge ruled he is not covered by COVID protections.
Guramrit Hanspal, 52, who has been living in his three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath East Meadow home for free for over 20 years is facing eviction after Nassau County Housing Court Judge William Hohauser ruled that he does not qualify for COVID protections because he is an illegal squatter and not a renter.
Three different owners have tried to kick the 52-year-old from the home since he was foreclosed upon by Washington Mutual in 2000.
But Hanspal he has managed to avoid eviction numerous times by drowning each of the three owners in legal actions and perverting the courts’ rules to his favor.
‘The protections of the COVID declaration would inhere to tenants, but not to those who have no financial obligation,’ Hohauser ruled, adding people who stay in foreclosed homes illegally ‘could be considered occupants at ”sufferance” if not outright squatters.’
Hanspal’s behavior ‘which reflects no payments of any kind for decades, augurs strongly against any protection,’ Hohauswer said in his ruling.
This ruling was good news for real estate firm Diamond Ridge, which currently owns the home and has been actively trying to boot Hanspal.
The firm’s attorney, Jordan Katz, told the Post they were ‘very satisfied’ and added ‘we intend on immediately enforcing the court’s order and ending this illegal occupancy.’
Hanspal bought the house at 2468 Kenmore St. for $290,000 in 1998. Shortly afterwards, he made just one mortgage payment of $1,602.37 before defaulting, the New York Post reported.
Original foreclosure agency Washington Mutual tried to boot Hanspal in 2000, but he filed two bankruptcy claims in 2001, two in 2002 and one in 2003, the New York Post reported.
It’s unclear how Hanspal was able to file bankruptcy so many times.