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Homeowner Powerless To Remove Woman Squatting On Her Lawn In Makeshift Campsite

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Homeowner Powerless To Remove Woman Squatting On Her Lawn In Makeshift Campsite

A homeowner has been left in a quandary after a woman moved all of her belongings onto the lawn of her house and started squatting in a makeshift campsite.

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To make matters more confusing, the homeowner has no power to get the woman removed from the front garden.

It's a bizarre situation, and it all started when Heidi Withers was evicted from her home a few weeks back and decided to move her stuff onto the lawn of a property owned by hairdresser Fiona.

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The property - in the Australian city of Melbourne - now has what appears to be a makeshift campsite outside it.

The makeshift shelter outside the house. Credit: Nine News
The makeshift shelter outside the house. Credit: Nine News

Fiona told Nine News show A Current Affair: "It's not just a mattress or a bed. It's everything.

"It's fridges, it's a couch and god knows what else, all her things are all out there.

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"She's camping there. She's essentially squatting outside my unit.

"It's my place, I am the owner. You would think that I have a say as to who stays there."

Now, the problem worsens for Fiona because she has been told by the coppers that they can't shift Heidi on because Fiona doesn't actually live at the house.

Fiona says she's been told there's nothing they can do. Credit: Nine News
Fiona says she's been told there's nothing they can do. Credit: Nine News
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She added: "He said, 'You really don't have a leg to stand on. You can't do anything, you can't evict her for trespassing.'"

Because of the problem, Fiona now faces a conundrum, because she may have to evict the person who currently lives in there in order to gain the power to get rid of Heidi from the lawn.

It's a complicated issue, that's for sure.

She continued: "I don't want to evict him. But I do want to evict Heidi from my property. She's not welcome there.

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"I certainly don't want anyone to be homeless, but I need something to happen.

"If she's got nowhere to go, I'm sure a shelter will help her. There's got to be help out there."

Heidi was evicted from another property a few weeks ago. Credit: Nine News
Heidi was evicted from another property a few weeks ago. Credit: Nine News

Heidi, who has two other people living with her, said that the decision to start squatting on the lawn was a 'spur of the moment' type of deal.

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She added that she 'didn't really ask' if she could just pitch all of her stuff up on the lawn.

Leah Calnan, the president of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, said that the rules are set up in favour of tenants rather than landlords.

She told Nine News: "The legislation currently at the moment is certainly weighed more to the tenant than it is to the landlord."

Featured Image Credit: Nine News

Topics: Weird, Australia

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