Gonzalez characterized the move as a land grab. He insisted his paperwork proves he's the rightful owner.
"I went to the city. They gave me a bad attitude," said Gonzalez. "I decided to wait and keep on looking for lawyers, pro-bono lawyers. I couldn't find one. I waited six months up to a year for one. I can't find one."
Harris County Appraisal District Records make this story even more complicated. They suggest the parcel in question actually belongs to someone else.
Sanford Dow is an attorney who specializes in real estate law. He's not representing anyone tied to this story. Dow said solving these types of property disputes is far from easy. He said often property owners must go to court to get a clear answer. He said issues regarding property lines often occur in more historic communities.
"This is a time consuming process and a costly process," said Dow. "It seems to happen in older neighborhoods. The East End, Montrose, the Heights. You know some of the neighborhoods that were first developed 150, 175 years ago."
Dow also said surveyors can differ in opinion. He strongly urged people buying properties to consult professionals and do their homework.
Gonzalez's neighbor told Eyewitness News he believes the property in question belongs to him.
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