Homeowner can’t shift squatter who moved couches and fridge onto her front lawn

A woman has told of her frustration after a squatter began camping on her front lawn and police said they were powerless to help.

Fiona, a hairdresser from Melton in Melbourne, Australia, watched in horror when Heidi Withers set up camp in her garden after she was evicted from a nearby property.

Footage shows Heidi's furniture piled up on the front garden, with tarpaulins covering the top to make a makeshift tent.

Heidi had to leave her former home three weeks ago and told A Current Affair: "I didn't have anywhere else to go."

Fiona, who was interviewed for the show on Tuesday, May 18, said: "It's not just a mattress or a bed.

"It's everything. It's fridges, it's a couch and god knows what else, all her things are all out there.

"She's camping there. She's essentially squatting outside my unit.

"It's my place, I am the owner. You would think that I have a say as to who stays there."

Fiona rents the property out and claimed police told her there is nothing that can be done legally if she doesn't live there herself.

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"He said, 'You really don't have a leg to stand on. You can't do anything, you can't evict her for trespassing,'" she said.

Fiona says she will have to evict her tenant and move back into the property if she has any hope of getting rid of her squatter – but she is not happy.

She said: "I don't want to evict him. But I do want to evict Heidi from my property.

"She's not welcome there.

"I certainly don't want anyone to be homeless, but I need something to happen.

"If she's got nowhere to go, I'm sure a shelter will help her.

"There's got to be help out there."

Heidi, who lives on Fiona’s lawn with two other people, said moving there was "spur of the moment" and she "didn't really ask".

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