Metro Detroit man had no idea the garage attached to his house wasn't actually his until it was auctioned off

Metro Detroit man had no idea the garage attached to his house wasn't actually his until it was auctioned off
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A metro Detroit man received surprising news last week: the garage attached to his house wasn't his and it had just been auctioned off.

Fox 2 Detroit reports that Westland, Michigan's Aaron Dehetre bought a three bedroom, two bathroom home with an attached garage seven years ago and has quietly and consistently been paying off his mortgage ever since. Then, one day last week, he woke up to a foreclosure notice on his garage door. 

Turns out, the property lines of Dehetre's digs were a bit more snug than he had anticipated. "The house was built in 1942 and neighbors remember a dying family member and survivors chose to split the garage off," Fox 2's Ron Savage reports. "But another key when he bought the house, he did not order a staked survey with engineers to stake out and survey the property lines. All Wayne County knew was they had a Westland garage owner not paying taxes," Savage writes. 

According to Savage, Dehetre will now have to take his battle to county big wigs. "I would have to go to the county if I lose the garage," Dehetre says. "Somehow get a building permit to rip a hole between the two buildings to separate [the garage and the house]."

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Alaina Nutile

Alaina Nutile is a Web Editor who oversees all digital content and social media initiatives for Detroit Metro Times and Cleveland Scene Magazine. Previously, she interned at Business Insider in New York City, and at La Hora in Quito, Ecuador. Alaina is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she double majored in...
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