Squatter orders Tempe to give disputed land to family

international squatters' symbol
international squatters' symbol
The international squatters’ symbol.

By Richard Ruelas | The Republic| azcentral.com

The family has engaged in a years-long battle over property where its ancestors settled in an adobe home more than a century ago. Now, the Sussex family is looking to end the battle, asking the city of Tempe to essentially turn the land over to them.

An attorney for Stephen Sussex and his family sent a letter electronically and by certified mail on Monday demanding that Tempe execute a quit-claim deed that would formally convey the increasingly valuable property to the Sussex family.

If the city does not comply within 20 days, the letter says, the Sussexes will file a lawsuit.

A city spokesperson said in an e-mail on Tuesday that the city is reviewing the letter and giving it careful consideration. The city also produced a document, signed by Sussex in 2013, that describes the disputed land as being owned by Tempe.

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