BERKELEY, CA (KTVU/CNN) – A homeowner breaks into her foreclosed home, to protest the bank after putting her out in Berkeley, CA.
"I really didn't break back into my home, I just repossessed my home," said Tanya Dennis. "That sounds a lot gentler."
After a year-long illness in 2009, Dennis fell behind on her house payments and Wells Fargo foreclosed on her last December.
A month later, Dennis said her granddaughter gave her an idea and moved back into her house.
"One day Skye said, ‘The banks got our house, we need to fight back,' and I said, 'Now, this is a two year old that gets it,'" Dennis said. "What am I going to do, am I going to do something against this illegal activity?"
A Wells Fargo spokesman says they tried to work with Dennis, but she did not qualify for a loan modification.
"I broke back into the house on Jan 18, and it just empowered me," Dennis said.
Dennis in turn is suing Wells Fargo on the grounds that her loan was predatory and fraudulent; her case is now in appeal.
Dennis is part of a group called the "Home Defenders League," which tries to help people work with banks to prevent foreclosure.
While the group recognizes that what Dennis has done is illegal, they applaud her.
Meanwhile, she has another eviction notice for next month, but Dennis says if she gets kicked out, she's moving right back in.
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