On a Facebook group, I posted a story about tenants from hell who are now squatting in a Daly City house. These squatters have been evicted 8 times in 6 years, so it makes one wonder how they could have even been allowed to rent anywhere with that record. I opined that perhaps a property management company should have screened the tenants and thus protected the owners.
The reason why this concerns me....We own our duplex where we live in one unit and rent out the other. We have been thinking of traveling, and renting out both units, but are concerned about squatters who may take over while we are gone. Knowing that this is a problem everywhere, we will make sure to take some precautions if/when we decide to go away for an extended period of time. There's a series called Security Brief --- some good advice there!
What can be done about professional and serial squatters?
There are so many examples of squatters who claim and file adverse possession to acquire property. Although the concept of Adverse Possession may have been intended to minimize blight, many are taking advantage to the detriment of the owners.
Squatters take over soldier’s house
Here’s a story about a soldier who was deployed and entrusted his friend to look after his house. A squatter moved in. Police couldn’t and wouldn’t evict him. By the time the squatters were evicted, they trashed the place. A volunteer group of veterans restored the place just in time for the soldier to move back into when his tour ended.
Squatters lived in and burglarized elderly woman’s home while she was in hospital
How low can some people get? This elderly woman was in the hospital when people broke into her home. It’s one thing to trespass, but to destroy this woman’s home?
Foreclosures and other favorite targets
Then there are those who claim they purchase homes as foreclosures, or they file false quit claim deeds. These squatters were charged with grand theft. So how come police can charge them with that on a million-dollar home, but not for smaller homes?
Another family of squatters move into a house that the owner was getting ready to sell. They were charged with burglary, felony theft…..