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Man returns home to land he bought in 1991 to find someone's built a $1.5 million house on it

Man returns home to land he bought in 1991 to find someone's built a $1.5 million house on it

This would be a good way to spoil your homecoming.

There are homecoming surprises and there are homecoming surprises, and this one might just take the cake - a man returned to the land he'd owned for decades only to discover that someone else had built a huge house on it.

Dr Daniel Kenigsberg, the land's original owner, didn't hang about and fairly quickly filed a lawsuit about the issue when he came back to a plot of land in Connecticut he'd owned since 1991 to find it had a nearly-finished four-bedroom home in construction on it.

According to his lawsuit, Dr Kenigsberg had 'no desire to sell the Property nor to construct any buildings whatsoever on the Property, but rather he had a long-term plan of passing the Property to his heirs in the future in its unimproved condition'.

Kenigsberg is now based in Setauket, New York state. His parents bought a house in Connecticut in 1953, and Kenigsberg eventually took possession of this vacant plot next to that home in 1991, intending to be able to pass both on to his children and grandchildren when he died.

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Travelpix Ltd / Getty

Instead, in 2022, he found the new home - which was reportedly listed online as being worth some $1,475,000.

A little digging made it somewhat clear what had happened. That same year, a company called 51 Sky Top Partners LLC was under the impression that it had bought the relevant land for $350,000.

However, given that Kenigsberg says he knew nothing about this, it would seem that some documents might have been forged or falsely signed during the process.

Kenigsberg is therefore suing both 51 Sky Top Partners LLC and an attorney who he alleges falsified those documents.

Much of this hinges on an apparent power of attorney document supposedly signed by Dr Kenigsberg in Johannesburg, South Africa. The lawsuit states: 'Dr Kenigsberg has never lived in Johannesburg, South Africa and was not traveling there in 2022.'

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krisanapong detraphiphat / Getty

In fact, things are looking pretty sour for 51 Sky Top Partners as a result of this whole sticky mess - a statement provided to Connecticut news site CT Insider made this clear. It said: "We learned to our shock and dismay that Dr Kenigsberg, had not, in fact, sold the property to us. Rather, a third-party had impersonated Dr Kenigsberg and - through the carelessness and neglect of the various real estate professionals involved in the transaction - managed to list, market, and sell the property without anyone ever catching on."

Now, multiple of the involved parties are cooperating with authorities in an investigation into what's happened, but who knows how long it'll take before the mess is sorted out.

Featured Image Credit: Daniel Kenigsberg/Google Maps