Fmr. councilman evicted after squatting in foreclosed home for a year

The Brookhaven city councilman refused to move out, using the courts and pandemic eviction moratorium to prevent the new owners from kicking him out.
Updated: Mar. 2, 2021 at 11:58 AM EST
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BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (CBS46) - Former Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison fell on hard times in 2019. His house went into foreclosure and was eventually auctioned off on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps.

CBS46′s Better Call Harry was there when a locksmith changed the locks and several DeKalb County Marshalls executed the eviction.

“This is one of the most difficult stories we’ve had to cover because there are victims on both sides. But this eviction was inevitable, a year in the making, and it happened today,” Harry explained.

Mattison filed for bankruptcy, but one year later, the councilman is still at home, and the new owner wants him gone.

“My entire family has been displaced, my kids moved in with my ex and I’ve had to move in with my parents,” the new owner said.

The former councilman used the courts and DeKalb’s residential eviction moratorium to his advantage. Even though, under CDC guidelines, foreclosures don’t apply.

After a year of fighting the eviction, Mattison moved out with the help of his friend and former Brookhaven Mayor Max Davis.

“Yeah this is a difficult situation for a family that’s in need I’m here as a friend, as friends and neighbor, to try and help a family in need,” Davis said.

Mattison did find a place to live and the new owners moved into their home. Now they both say, it’s time to move forward.

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