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A Hawaiian property owner was stunned when a half-million dollar home was accidentally built on her lot – and the real estate developer took a hit her with a lawsuit because the vacant house is overrun by defecating squatters.

“You’re already making a mistake, and then you’re building on my land without my permission. And now you’re suing me for it,” Annaleine “Anne” Reynolds told The Post about the nightmare.

“I was so angry. I was so angry that day…that’s a really big mistake to make.”

Hawaiian real estate owner Annaleine “Anne” Reynolds is being sued by a real estate developer after a house was accidentally built on her property. HawaiiNewsNow
The $500,000 house is currently full of squatters. HawaiiNewsNow

Now the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Hawaii’s fastest-growing development zone is crowded with squatters, while Reynolds and the developers are locked in a legal battle.

The baffling saga began in 2018 when Reynolds purchased the one-acre parcel in Puna’s Hawaiian Paradise Park for just $22,500 at a county tax auction.

She planned to move from California to be with her daughter and dreamed of using her new country – located just a mile away from breathtaking ocean cliff views – to host her meditative healing women’s retreats.

Not only was the package in the perfect location, but Reynolds also felt a spiritual connection to it.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in Hawaii’s fastest-growing development zone. HawaiiNewsNow

“I checked all the parameters – north, south, east, west coordinates – and the way the plot is positioned in relation to the rising and setting sun, how it relates to the stars and my constellation and my family’s constellation and everything in one line. So I was very interested in that property,” Reynolds said.

“I have a deep respect for the country. And we communicated with the country and paid our respects and she said yes to us.”

But since then the property has caused nothing but headaches.

Like the rest of the country, Reynolds found her plans stalled by the pandemic and decided to wait in the Golden State for the right time to return to the island.

Reynolds purchased the one-acre parcel in 2018. HawaiiNewsNow

During that time, a real estate developer had razed the once vegetation-rich lot to nothing, built a concrete house, and sold it to a buyer in just six months—all without Reynold’s knowledge.

She finally learned of the mistake last June, when a real estate agent called and delivered the bad news that he had sold the house accidentally built on her property for $500,000.

The construction crew was hired by developer Keaau Development Partnership, LLC to build about a dozen homes on properties the developers purchased in the subdivision, Hawaii News Now reported.

An attorney for PJ’s Construction told the company that the developers did not want to hire surveyors for the land, where the lots are identified by telephone poles.

The situation quickly became a game of finger-pointing, with Reynolds taking center stage and wondering how neither the developers, construction workers, real estate agents or the local building department intervened before it was too late.

She hired a negotiator to reclaim her land shortly before Keaau Development Partnership hit her and everyone else involved in the home’s construction with a lawsuit.

Reynolds found feces all over the house when she visited in February. HawaiiNewsNow

“I did my due diligence, even though I’m the one who got hurt during this whole fiasco, and then they sue me. I feel like a criminal. What have I done to deserve this? It was super painful,” she said.

“I will be charged with unjust enrichment if the property remains on my land. The lawsuit says I’m going to profit from your mistake. Well, excuse me, I never wanted it.’

The developers initially tried to sell her the house at a discount or trade it for the lot next door, both of which she refused. She says she wants her property restored to the way it was before they destroyed it.

Due to the legal lock, the house is empty and overrun with squatters.

Reynolds visited the property in February and found it littered with feces.

“There was poop on the floor. In the hallway bathroom. And on the toilet seat,” she recalled, adding that all the doors were unlocked: “I was shocked.”

What you need to know about squatters in New York:

What are the rights of squatters in New York?

Squatters in New York State can claim a legal right to remain on a property without the owner’s permission after living there for ten years. In New York City, however, someone only needs to be on the property for 30 days to claim squatter’s rights.

Why is it so difficult to get rid of a squatter?

Squatters are given a wide range of rights once they have legal occupation, making it difficult to evict them.

How does someone become a squatter?

Some of the scenarios in which someone becomes a squatter include: a tenant who refuses to pay rent, a relative of a former owner who refuses to leave the property or even a stranger who enters the property and never leaves.

According to Manhattan-based law firm Nadel & Ciarlo, squatters must have a reasonable basis for claiming the property is theirs and must treat the home as if they own it — such as doing yard work or making repairs.

How can a property owner get rid of a squatter?

A property owner must first serve a 10-day eviction notice and then file a complaint with the court if the order is ignored. If approved by a judge, the owner can receive a citation and have a sheriff evict the squatter.

Why does the law give squatters rights?

The law is intended to prevent long-term tenants from being evicted from their homes. New York City’s law was drafted in part in response to vacant and abandoned buildings that were becoming a blight on the city.

How can property owners protect themselves against squatters?

Owners must prevent properties from being vacant for extended periods of time. They must also ensure that the building is safe, has adequate lighting and has surveillance cameras installed.

If a squatter does appear, owners should quickly alert the police before the squatter’s rights are established.

The whole situation has not only taken a financial toll on Reynolds — who now has to pay property taxes that have increased from a few hundred to several thousand dollars — but also an emotional toll.

“It has affected my ability to work. I mean, who in their right mind can be at peace? You have to have a peaceful mind to do the kind of work I do. It’s like a cloud over my head wherever I go,” she lamented.

There doesn’t seem to be a clear path to resolution for Reynolds, who just wants the chance to build her house and retire to her lavish estate in Hawaii.

She hopes that the court will identify her as a victim and that she will be appropriately compensated.

Peter Olson, an attorney representing the developer, alleged that Reynolds is trying to milk the flaw for his own gain.

“My client believes she is trying to exploit PJ Construction’s mistake to get money from my client and the other parties,” Olson told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she had rejected an offer for an identical lot.

He also pointed out that most of the lots in the jungle-like Hawaiian Paradise Park are identical.

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