Patchogue family still seeking possession of home from suspected squatters
A Patchogue family seeking to regain possession of their home from squatters were left without answers again on Wednesday.
Kimberly Copenhaver moved away for a few months. A friend, Peter Faiella, who was supposed to be watching their house, rented it out without her permission.
Now, the occupants won't leave. Under New York law, squatters become legal tenants after 30 days.
The current occupants of the home did not appear in court, instead requesting to appear virtually.
Michael and Patricia Accardi, who have allegedly been squatting in the Patchogue home for months, appeared via video silhouetted and wearing masks.
The Accardis say they rented the home from Faiella. They say it was a verbal agreement and they had no written contract. They also claim they were paying $3,250 a month.
No decision was made in the case and a hearing is expected to continue on Friday.