ORANGE, Calif. (AP) _ A family feud that has dragged on for three decades culminated with a man evicting his 81-year-old father and one of the father’s nine daughters from their home.
Felipe Vaca Hernandez won the court order several weeks ago from Orange County Municipal Court Judge Richard W. Stanford, who ruled Luis Vaca Gallardo owed his son $2,620 in rent for the three-bedroom home.
County marshals executed the eviction order peaceably at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Mike Carona.
″As far as we know, they left in their car, and we don’t know where they were going to,″ Carona said. He added that most evictions handled by county marshals are conventional disputes between landlords and tenants, but family infighting occasionally results in evictions.
″I think this one is unique, because the father is so old and the son is evicting him,″ Carona said. The feud has pitted Gallardo and daughter Lucille Gallardo against Hernandez and eight of Gallardo’s other daughters.
Gallardo argued that his son was refusing the rent in an effort to have him kicked out so the house could be leased at a higher price.
In 1951, Gallardo’s ex-wife deeded the house to their son in appreciation for his help in raising the family, said Hernandez’s lawyer, Richard Politiski.
But Gallardo said his son got the house in return for a promise to take care of him in his old age. Gallardo moved back into the house in 1976, 22 years after he and his wife divorced.
The couple bought the house in the 1930s with Mrs. Gallardo’s money, and she contended in court papers that Gallardo’s signature was included on property documents only because they were married.
Gallardo said Hernandez resented him for leaving him behind in Mexico, to be raised by his grandparents when Gallardo and his wife moved to Orange.