Alleged squatter runs biz teaching others how to squat

Alleged squatter runs biz teaching others how to squat »Play Video
James Grenz, seen right, and Jill Lane are seen in this photo.
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Who are the people who have moved into a $3.2 million mansion for sale, and why haven't police arrested them for trespassing?

Last week, alleged squatters were found living in the six-bedroom, nine-bathroom house, which has been sitting vacant and on the market for months.

KOMO News has learned one of the illegal occupants of the home runs a business that teaches others how to pull off a similar stunt.

Sources have confirmed that James Grenz, Jill Lane and Lane's two children, ages 9 and 7, are the squatters in the luxurious home.

Grenz and Lane are the co-owners of the Urban Tanning Spa and Puyallup. On Monday, a receptionist at the spa said neither had come to work.

According to a source, Lane actually filed paperwork last week to buy the multi-million-dollar home, but KOMO News has found paperwork that shows she filed for bankruptcy in February. Lane has also filed from divorce from her husband.

Lane and Grenz aren't married, but they were living with the children in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Bothell before moving into the mansion a couple weeks ago. The only thing apparently left in the Bothell home is a stripper pole.

Lane also runs a business called Northwest Notes Elimination, a debt recovery business, which prompts users to enter a password in order to access its website.

But a Craiglist posting that advertises her business appears to mirror the legal maneuvers she's using with the Kirkland mansion. In the ad, Lane writes, "Northwest Note Elimination is a mortgage audit process that perfects a claim on the home ridding it of mortgages. We make mortgages vanish completely. Sounds unbelievable, yes."

She claims she has spent 10 years in the commercial banking business.

"This process works," her ad states.

Meanwhile, the house is under 24-hour security hired by the bank to ensure the squatters don't trash the place, but they are under orders to let the squatters come and go.

Neighbors can't believe this happening.

"So I can do that," said neighbor Lisa Hawkinson. "I can just go find a pretty house, take my suitcase my clean underwear and just move in. I had no idea."

Kirkland police say they are waiting on a legal interpretation on what to do next. A spokeswoman for the bank that owes the home says it is starting the eviction process.

The bank served a notice to vacate that expired on Monday. But it doesn't give police the legal authority to remove them. For now, the squatters are still there.