About two months ago there was an update to this story https://www.reddit.com/r/RealEstate/comments/m9b7d4/couple_buys_home_but_they_cant_move_in_because/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
In April, the squatter finally left and the owners got access to the house. https://www.foxla.com/news/riverside-family-finally-moves-into-new-home-after-standoff-with-squatter-that-lasted-nearly-a-year
In the article, they mentioned they would probably end up selling. I may have tracked the house down on Zillow and favorited it so I would get the notification when it was listed for sale. It was listed this morning at 880k (owners paid 560k cash). This is one situation where I don’t begrudge them the current-market markup. I truly hope they’re able to at least recoup the costs they’ve incurred. This story absolutely terrified me, and is one of the reasons I walked away from purchasing a home that was asking for a rent-back.