A squatter who drives a Mercedes SUV moved to Houston, home of female Army reservists, while on active duty in Florida, costing her $50,000.
- Mikiya Barber purchased her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Houston in May 2022
- Squatter Natasha Timmons took over the house last fall, costing Barber $50,000.
- A judge ordered Timmons to pay back rent during a court hearing Monday.
A squatter who drives a luxury SUV took over an Army reservist’s Houston home after she was called to active duty, with the takeover costing the soldier $50,000.
Mikiya Barber, who purchased her three-bedroom, two-bathroom Houston home in May 2022, claims Natasha Timmons moved into the home as a tenant while she was called to active duty in Florida that fall last.
Timmons signed a lease and paid $2,000 in rent for the first two months of his rental.
However, Timmons, who neighbors say drives a Mercedes, failed to make further payments when due but did not want to leave the property.
“She lives in the house and makes it known that she doesn’t leave my house,” Barber, who served in the military reserves for nine years, told ABC 13.
“I don’t know why she doesn’t want to let go of my house. I even tried to make deals with her.
Mikiya Barber purchased her three-bedroom, two-bathroom property in Houston in May 2022
Last fall, squatter Natasha Timmons took over an Army reservist’s house in Houston.
At a Houston court hearing Monday, a judge ordered Timmons to repay the backdated rent. A new hearing is scheduled for September 18 at which Timmons, who has also been convicted of theft dating back to 2003, could face a deportation notice.
“It started to go downhill,” Barber told ABC 13 from the moment the rent remained unpaid.
“I tried to work out a payment plan for her. Then she started threatening me to declare bankruptcy and making sure I followed that procedure.
Documents show Timmons filed for bankruptcy twice after moving into the property and twice before.
Neighbors said she drove luxury cars and even washed them in the driveway of the property.
Surveillance footage obtained by ABC appears to show Timmons washing the hubcaps of a white Mercedes SUV.
Surveillance footage obtained by ABC appears to show Timmons washing the wheel covers of a white Mercedes SUV
“It’s taken a toll because I love my home,” Barber said after Monday’s hearing.
Timmons could receive an eviction notice to vacate the property (pictured) at a further hearing next week.
“But I’m excited for (Monday’s hearing) and it will be out soon,” she added.
“It’s taken a toll because I love my home,” she told the outlet, adding “I’m not going to let that deter me.”
Timmons declined to speak to ABC 13 when contacted for comment.
Barber, who returned home for the hearing, is expected to return to active duty in Florida in the coming days.