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Squatters strike again in Queens

July 02, 2017 12:00PM

It’s happened again in Queens. An elderly woman recently discovered that squatters had taken over her Rockaway Beach Boulevard vacation house.

It all started in 2014, after Yvette Hyman, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, rented her house to a family that she believed was displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Out of sympathy for their supposed plight, Hyman rented her four-bedroom house for just $2,000 a month until September of that year. But more than a year later, Sarah and Howard Kindler were still there and no longer paying, according to a lawsuit Hyman filed against the couple, according to the New York Post.

In reality, the Kindlers were not victims of Sandy and were just looking for A Cheap Place to live while they renovated. In all, they stayed in Hyman’s house for two years rent-free, making it difficult for Hyman to sell her house.

Although the Kindlers were eventually evicted and Hyman was able to eventually sell her home, Hyman is seeking more than $1 million in damages. She plans to donate a portion of the funds to charities that give housing to underprivileged Jewish families.

[NYP] Christopher Cameron