KC woman forced to move out of home after landlord discovers he doesn’t own building

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tina Miller has lived in a home near 37th and Prospect since March. She's painted, patched the roof and added two new windows. Now she wonders why she bothered.

"I thought I was going to make my dream come true and now I can't," Miller said.

That's because the house that she thought the owner was going to sell to her, is actually owned by someone else: a church. That church wants her out.

What does Miller's landlord, the man who claimed to own the house, have to say?

"We thought we owned it," said David Biersmith, who heads the Truman Road Corridor Association. The home was one of more than 100 of his nonprofits used to provide housing to the poor. The majority of the properties were donated.

The Truman Road Corridor Association was so sure it owned the house on Prospect that Biersmith was even able to show us a file he kept on the house, which included receipts for money spent on repairs and pictures of the inside.

But after Fox 4 Problem Solvers pointed out that Jackson County Property records don't show his organization as the owner, Biersmith double checked his own paperwork and discovered he actually owned the vacant lot next door.

Biersmith said it's a mistake he most likely would have discovered months earlier if Miller had ever actually signed a lease or paid him rent, which he usually requires.

"The fact that she didn't pay us rent, we kind of let it go," Biersmith said.

So what's going to happen to Tina Miller now that she no longer has a place to call home? Miller said she wants to be reimbursed for the money she spent fixing the house. Biersmith said he has no problem doing that, as long as she can provide receipts.

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