Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.
ROSARITO, Baja California – The feelings of impotence have taken over 60 families who live in the Baja del Mar subdivision, most of them are foreigners who fear they will lose their homes and will be evicted, over the uncertainty in the land ownership. For years they have struggles with court orders and other legal strategies to strip them of their properties.
Roberto Farías, a resident accompanied by several neighbors, explained that Julio Antonio Ochoa intends to fraudulently evict from their homes, purchased more than 20 years ago.
He told that initially they bought from Roberto Vallín, but he mortgaged the land where the homes were being built, and some time later Julio Antonio Ochoa purchased the mortgage. To reach an agreement with the resident families, a trust was created and the families paid 300,000 dollars to supposedly have the mortgage holder terminate his rights.
However, Ochoa took advantage of the fact that the Public Property Registry still showed he was the owner of the property in dispute, and he started new lawsuits which ignored the trust and the signed agreements.
Farías said that even though the civil court in Rosarito recognized the families’ legal possession in several lawsuits filed by the families, last Monday the Second District Court for Injunctions and Federal Trials ordered the Rosarito judge to to reconsider what is recorded in the Property Registry, which could cause their eviction.
In addition to that, the families face another lawsuit from Ejido Mazatlán, which also claims these lands as theirs.
Patti Bulkeley, another of those affected, made a call to the authorities to prevent their eviction from their homes, above all because many of the victims are elderly and have difficulty dealing with the matter.
She said they are desperate, fell impotent and are fearful because it is difficult to believe that even though they have all the documents which show they legally own the land with a home, they are at risk of losing them to fraud.