A couple from North Texas, Heather and William Eric Schwab, are now facing multiple counts of ‘serial squatting’, meaning they rent a house for several months and then move on, never paying a dime.
Tarrant County court records have shown that the Schwabs rented as many as 14 homes before moving into the house of their latest victim, Ms Kristine Reddick.
She was trying to find renters for her late father’s home, and screened the applicants carefully. About her first meeting with the Schwabs, she said: “I spent two hours with them. And that’s how important it was. It’s not like ‘here’s your keys, c’mon in.'”
As a realtor and relocation expert, Ms Reddick thought that she had found the perfect couple.
Everything on the Schwabs’ application form was correct, salary, rental history. All good. and so Ms Reddick handed over the keys.
One month in, the rent check bounced.
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She called the Schwabs who immediately came up with all sorts of excuses: “Can’t talk, Eric’s grandmother died, CPS is coming over… I got fired at my job for personal phone calls. You can only go so far with a story, and I was born at night but not last night.”
It took her five months to get them to move out. In all that time, the Schwabs never paid rent. “There was stuff everywhere, they had smoked in the house, my pool was now a Mountain Dew green.”
The Schwab couple got evicted from more homes in the area and the list of evictions just kept growing.
Reporters who were contacted by the duped landlords have found the Schwabs, now living in a luxury gated community in Frisco.
Former landlords said the Schwab couple use fake information to move in with their children and pets in homes all over Texas since 2005, then work the system as long as possible without paying. If you see them showing up at your property, close the door.