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UPDATE: Alleged squatters move out after Action News story

Vendor to secure home near Durango and El Capitan
Posted at 11:56 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 12:00:45-04

UPDATE JULY 17:  13 Action News is getting results for neighbors who say squatters invaded a home near Durango and El Capitan. Just days after our initial report, the people living inside the property have moved out.  There are still remnants of a code enforcement sticker on the front door.

The city and police were at the home on Monday, according  to city communications spokesman Jace Radke.

Radke says the vacant home will be secured by a vendor tomorrow.

Meanwhile, families living nearby say they're feeling relieved.

"We were worried that maybe they were stealing stuff and selling it," said one woman, "...I feel like my kids are a lot more safe now."

13 Action News will continue to follow this story.


The city is investigating whether the people living inside a home near Durango and El Capitan are legally allowed to be there. As that is underway, neighbors are turning to 13 Action News for answers as well.

"I almost have this house paid off," said Larry, who did not want his last name published, "... I don't want to go anywhere."

Larry has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years. He said the vacant home down the street suddenly became occupied by squatters three months ago. The window of the home is boarded up.

"The garage door has been worked over to gain access," he said.

Larry reached out to police, the HOA, and the city before also asking 13 Action News to investigate the home. 

The people living inside said Code Enforcement has been out to the home; however, they maintain the owner has given them permission to be inside.

They did not provide specifics regarding the living arrangement.  

13 Action News is working to speak with the owner of the property.  We will also reach out to the city again on Monday.

Check back soon for updates.