Published: Dec 07, 2010 5:39 AM EST
Updated: Dec 07, 2010 2:39 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A major mistake leaves a Fort Myers family just minutes away from being kicked out into the cold.  They discovered an eviction notice on their front door was really meant for a neighbor's house.

"Emotionally, I was a wreck," said Julie Lane, who came home from work Sunday to find a padlock on the door to her townhome and the locks changed.

"We've always paid our rent, we've been here three years," Lane said.

Lane's son, Justin Busen, made an emergency trip home from college, while she was able to get back in through the garage to start packing.

"(The Sheriff's Office said) if they come back you will only have 15 minutes to get everything and get out," Lane was told.

Justin went to the county and bounced back and forth between offices, until he discovered on his own the eviction notice wasn't meant for them at all...

"There's a definite flaw in the system if a 22 year old college student can fly down here, and on a couple hours sleep, do an hour long of database searching and I can quickly see the problem," Busen said.

The eviction listed a "unit 1," they live in 101; the foreclosure was pending on 103.

"It was an interpretation mistake, it was how the officer chose to interpret what unit 1 meant, and he chose to stick it on unit 101," Busen said.

A lawyer agreed, they're in the clear.  While relieved, mother and son say they're concerned the high number of foreclosures in Southwest Florida has left officials jaded.

"There's a legitimate mistake, we were in legitimate need of help, but we were the bad guys," Busen said.  "No one believed us."

"(Justin)'s been my hero, I don't know what I would have done without him, if I would have gotten through it," Lane said.

Lane says she's been assured by her property manager that her landlord is fully paid up and not facing any kind of foreclosure.  They are meeting with a lawyer tuesday to tie up any loose ends.