By Peter Schaller
BOCA RATON, Fla. (WPEC/CNN) - A man is squatting in a multi-million dollar Florida home and thanks to a vague law it's perfectly legal.
Balconies, palm trees, and the pool. And then there's the price tag. The five bedroom mini-mansion at 580 Golden Harbour Drive is worth $2.5 million.
Not too bad for a 23-year-old. Not bad at all.
Andre Barbosa didn't win the lottery, but he hit the jackpot using an obscure Florida real estate law called "adverse possession" to live in the home for free, for now.
Attorney Don Thomas says the law allows someone to move into an empty home and claim the title. They need to stay there for seven years, pay the property taxes, and hope that the owner forgets about the home.
In this case, Bank of America owns it.
"In order for this person to actually end up legally owning this property he would have to have an enormous amount of good luck," said Thomas.
Some neighbors are irritated, so WPEC-TV wanted to know how Andre got into the house in the first place.
No one answered the door. The doorbell still works, but still, no one answered. He also didn't answer his phone.
Neighbors say the lights in the home went on right after Christmas and Andre has been living there ever since.