Squatters are put to the test by a fed up East Hampton owner.
Adrianna Nava – a single mom who fought to evict her own non-paying tenants for 10 months – said she was so moved by the horror stories of other landlords that she created a website for help identify tenants with potential problems before they move in.
“Most owners are good, hard-working people,” says SquatterRegistry.com. “Some tenants need protection, but many have simply lied and looked into recent provisions that prevent landlords from standing up for themselves or their properties.
“If you know of a known squatter please register them here to warn other owners!” “
Squatters and other non-paying tenants have enjoyed unprecedented legal protection amid the pandemic thanks to the state’s moratorium on evictions, which continues to be extended, this time until January 15.
“You can go to jail for stealing someone’s refrigerator from their house, but you can’t go to jail for robbing someone’s house?” It doesn’t make any logical sense, ”said Nava, 37, who lost her job in November 2020 but was unable to sell her only asset, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that her squatters turned down. to leave.
After creating an account, a visitor to SquatterRegistry.com can see examples of accused squatters. Each entry includes a name, address, approximate age, and a brief description of the charges against them.
One example on the list is Gregg Solomon, who is said to have occupied the home of Bridgehampton artist Lynn Matsuoka for 13 months.
A clip of Solomon speaking to police outside Matsuoka’s home was posted on the Squatter Registry Instagram page and he claims to know Hamptons architect Peter Cook.
Christie Brinkley’s ex denied knowing Solomon.
“To be clear, I don’t know this man, he acts like he knows me and behaves like we are ‘friends’ because he claims to know an old friend very dear to me on the outskirts,” said Cook writes on the site. “He’s clearly an opportunist doing Lynn a huge disservice!” Shame on you Greg Solomon, your lies won’t stand in court!
“I really don’t know him from Adam, so the fact that he used my name is upsetting because I’ve known Lynn for a long time,” Cook told The Post, noting that he said hello to Solomon in town but that’s all. “It’s shameful what he’s doing to Lynn. I just don’t appreciate my name being used. If I had to be on anyone’s side, it would be by Lynn.
Salomon did not immediately respond to Cook’s comments.