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Former Las Vegas real estate agent gets probation in home rental scheme

A former real estate agent accused of breaking into Las Vegas valley homes he didn’t own and renting the properties to unsuspecting tenants was given probation this week on seven felony charges.

Eric Alpert staked claim to what he believed to be abandoned houses and defended his actions under what’s known as adverse possession, a centuries-old method of obtaining title to property. His defense attorney argued the case should have been handled as a civil matter, but prosecutors said Alpert was warned about his practice in the past.