A Florida man is demanding a refund after he bid $9,100 on a piece of land that was worth just $50. Kerville Holness thought he was bidding on a villa in Broward County that was worth $177,000, but instead, ended up with a one-foot-wide, 100-foot-long strip of land in between two homes of a duplex.
Holness told the South Florida Sun-Sentinal that when he went to the website for the auction to view the property, it linked off-site to a listing for the duplex, which did not mark the small parcel of land that was actually for sale.
"It's deception," Holness told the newspaper. "There was no demarcation to show you it's just a line going through [the villa duplex], even though they have the tools to show that."
He is unlikely to get his money back because all sales are considered final and state law prevents officials from giving him a refund. The Sun-Sentinal also pointed out that the appraiser's website listed the dimensions of the piece of land and said that it had no bidding value.
Officials say they are unsure why the small piece of land was not attached to either of the properties. It was owned by the developer, GHO Tamarac II, which recently dissolved. Once the company stopped paying taxes on the land, it was placed up for auction.
Holness says he is frustrated and admits there is nothing he can really do with the worthless strip of grass.
"If I'm vindictive enough, I can cut right through the garage wall and the home to get to my air space, but what use would that be to me?" Holness said.