The homeowner, identified only as Antonia, said she had repeatedly told her sister and her companion they had to leave.
“They said they were not leaving,” she explained in Spanish through an interpreter. She said she’s paid for them to live elsewhere and this was the second time she’s had to evict them. They previously lived in her backyard until 2017.
The sister told police she had previously temporarily stopped the second eviction through the coronavirus eviction moratorium, which critics complain protects squatters, according to WPLG-TV in Miami.
“Unfortunately, the government moves very slow.”
— Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes
“The problem is her character,” Antonia said. “She doesn’t want to adapt to society, and she is not friendly with people.”
Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes acknowledged a contradiction in code enforcement in responding to a problem on someone’s lawn but not necessarily if people are living on it.
“Unfortunately, the government moves very slow,” he told WSVN.
Antonia has cleaned up her porch and yard since her sister’s arrest, the station reported, and is installing a fence.