Andre Barbosa can safely say that he has oneÂ of the nicest homes on the block in Boca Raton, Florida.
But the 23-year-old Brazilian national doesÂ not own or even rent the palatial $2.5million estate legally – he is aÂ squatter.
Barbosa, originally from the neighboringÂ Pompano Beach, moved into 580 Golden Harbour Drive in July
Now he is threatening to use an obscure realÂ estate law that allows people to claim a property as their own if they stayÂ there for seven years.
No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into theÂ 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot beÂ arrested.
Other residents in the tony part of BocaÂ Raton where most home sell for upwards of $1million want something done aboutÂ the unusual living arrangement.
Next-door neighbor Lyn Houston told the Sun-Sentinel that she hadÂ approached Bank of America last week with an offer to buy the foreclosed houseÂ that Barbosa has been calling home, but she has received no response.
‘We’re all going crazy, trying to figure outÂ what to do,’ she said. ‘It’s unbelievable that it can be done. Plus, if they’veÂ got the balls to break in the house, what’s to prevent them from coming overÂ here?’
Barbosa was not immediately available forÂ comment, but on Wednesday afternoon, Bank of America released the followingÂ statement to MailOnline:
‘We have been in communication with the BocaÂ Raton Police Department regarding the concerns with the occupants of GoldenÂ Harbour Drive property.Â
‘There is a certain legal process we areÂ required by law to follow and we have filed the appropriate action.Â TheÂ bank is taking this situation seriously and we will work diligently to resolveÂ this matter.’
Property records show that the house, whichÂ was built in 2001, was sold to a family in 2005 for $3.1million. The deed isÂ currently valued at $2.48million.
Bank of America foreclosed on theÂ cream-colored stucco mansion in July. Shortly after, Barbosa notified the PalmÂ Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office that he was moving in.
Barbosa posted a notice in the frontÂ windowÂ of his swanky residence naming him as a ‘living beneficiary toÂ the DivineÂ Estate being superior of commerce and usury.’
Next to it he placed a signed copy ofÂ theÂ Adverse Possession law, which allows a person to claim the title on a propertyÂ after seven years.
Police were called to the address the dayÂ after Christmas, but did not evict Barbosa after he presented officers a copy ofÂ the adverse possession documents.
Speaking to ABCNews.com Thursday, a homeownerÂ who asked not to be identified said that he entered the house around the sameÂ time and found four people inside, Barbosa among them.
One of the people said that the group isÂ ‘establishing an embassy for their mission,’ and that families would be movingÂ in and out of the property.
The neighbor said he believes that theÂ 23-year-old is a ‘patsy’ who got caught up in something bigger.
According to his Facebook page, theÂ 23-year-old, who refers to himself as ‘Loki Boy’ after the Norse god ofÂ mischief, attended South Technical Education Center in Boynton Beach and SouthÂ Tech Academy in West Palm Beach.
In a brazen move, he also created a page forÂ the Boca Raton mansion whereÂ he has been living and entertaining friends, whichÂ he calls Templo deÂ Kamisamar.
Meanwhile, neighbors around Golden HarbourÂ Drive who spoke to the station WPEC had a clear message for the unwantedÂ resident: Leave now!
‘You’re walking into a house, it’s crazy. AndÂ the point of not being able to get him out is even crazier,’ one unidentifiedÂ neighbor said.