Hawaii Woman Shocked to See $500K House Accidently Built On her Property - Now She’s The One Being Sued

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  • Source: WPXI
  • 03/31/2024
Picture this: You own a prime piece of land, and one day, you discover a $500k house sitting on it—a house you neither paid for nor asked for. That's precisely the curveball life threw at a woman in Hawaii when her land was erroneously used by a developer to build someone else's dream home. It's an absolute tangle, but here's where it gets truly absurd: the landowner is the one facing a lawsuit. It's a scenario that flips the script on what you'd expect in property disputes, adding layers of complexity and disbelief to an already head-spinning situation.

From WPXI:

A woman is headed to court after a Hawaii construction company built a half-million-dollar house on the wrong property. 

Annaleine Reynolds says she was shocked to find a home built on a lot she purchased in Puna, Hawaii, and told Hawaii News Now that she doesn’t want the house there and has had to deal with problems like higher taxes and squatters.

Reynolds said she purchased a lot in 2018 at a county tax auction for about $22,500. She had intended to use the land for meditative healing women’s retreats.

“There’s a sacredness to it and the one that I chose to buy had all the right qualities,” she said.
Reynolds was planning how to use the property when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, keeping her in California.
While in California, the lot was bulldozed, and a house was built there. Reynolds knew nothing about the three-bedroom, two-bath home, now valued at $500,000, being built, she said.
She found out about the home when she got a call last year from a real estate broker.

“He told me, ‘I just sold the house, and it happens to be on your property. So, we need to resolve this,’” Reynolds said. “And I was like, what? Are you kidding me?”
Local developer Keaau Development Partnership hired PJ’s Construction to build about a dozen homes on the properties the developer bought in the subdivision. But the company accidentally built one on Reynolds’ lot.

According to KKTV, the lots are identified by information on telephone poles.
To add insult to injury, Reynolds is being sued by the property’s developers. The developers say they offered to swap Reynolds a lot that is next door to hers or to sell her the house at a discount.
Reynolds has refused both offers.

Can anyone really fault this woman? It's her land, after all. Why should she be forced to sell it just because a house was "accidentally" constructed on it? The company responsible for the mix-up ought to absorb the loss, leaving her with a brand-new half-million-dollar home, free of charge. Fortunately, she's not just rolling over. She's hitting back with a countersuit against the developer, claiming she had no knowledge of this "unauthorized construction." It's a bold move that underscores her refusal to be bulldozed by corporate fat cats.

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