Squatters are every owner`s nightmare. These unauthorized occupants do not pay rent, can cause serious damage, and may be legally difficult to remove due to adverse property laws. In many cases, you may need an eviction notice or other legal procedures to get them out. During and after the California Gold Rush (1848-1855), migrant workers occupied land. Under the California Land Act of 1851, squatters made 813 claims while California`s population grew from 15,000 in 1848 to 265,000 in 1852.  The Squatter Rebellion of 1850 was a conflict between squatters and the government of Sacramento, California.  The squat took place during World War II, when Japanese Americans were sent to the Manzanar concentration camp. The buildings that had fallen into disrepair in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles were occupied by African-American migrant workers who moved to California to work in defense factories.  In the 1970s and 1980s, gold mining became a problem again in places like Idaho. . In 1975, more than 2,000 illegal operations were reported in California and the Forest Service took action against what it called “trespassing.”  It is estimated that there are 10-12 million people in Mumbai, six million of whom are squatters.
Squatters live in many ways. Some own two- or three-storey brick and concrete houses that they have lived in for years. Geeta Nagar is a squatter village adjacent to the Indian naval complex of Colaba. The Malad East squatter colony has existed since 1962, and now the people living there pay the city council a rent of 100 rupees a month. Dharavi is a community of one million squatters. The stores and factories there are mostly illegal and therefore unregulated, but it is estimated that they do more than $1 million in business every day.  In 2010, a representative of the UK Bailiff Company stated that the number of people employed in Wales was the highest in 40 years.  The high number of bankrupt businesses in urban areas of Wales has made squatting a growing problem in large cities such as Swansea and Cardiff.   The experts stated that “the majority [of squatters] are forced into a way of life by financial pressures.” Based on the UK Bailiff Company`s internal database, there were 100 cases of squatting in 2009, the highest number in 40 years, according to estimates by the Advisory Service for Squatters that squatters in England and Wales have doubled since 1995.  Continued possession of the property for 20 years is necessary to claim prejudicial possession, except in cases where the squatters have reasonable grounds to believe that they own the property. In the latter case, the required period is reduced to 7 years.
Although it is illegal, there are squats in many major cities. Examples are Au in Frankfurt and Rote Flora in Hamburg, although the last occupied house opened in Berlin, Brunnenstraße 183, was vacated in November 2009. Legalized housing projects include Hafenstraße and Kiefernstraße. Many residential and commercial building owners now fear leaving their buildings uninhabited – fearing that onlookers will see their property as an opportunity to squat. The rights of squatters can ultimately allow residents to become the rightful owners of the property. In this case, squatters can retain ownership of the property if they live there undisturbed and pay local property taxes for a few years. Do you want to minimize your risk of a squatted tenant? AAOA offers state-of-the-art tenant selection services to help you make the best possible decision. For example, your neighbor accidentally builds a fence around part of your land, but you don`t mind because you`re not sure about the actual boundaries. Later, after a country-specific period, your neighbor can become a law-abiding tenant and legally take possession of what could have been part of your land. The Frances Street Squats in Vancouver were a series of six buildings that were occupied for nine months in 1990. They were evicted in a major operation and subsequently a film called The Beat of Frances Street was made. In recent years, there have been a number of public squats that have brought together the two main contemporary reasons for squatting – homelessness and activism.
Examples include the Lafontaine Squat in Overdale, Montreal (2001), Woodward`s Squat in Vancouver (2002), the Infirmary Squat in Halifax (2002), the Pope Squat in Toronto (2002), the Seven Year Squat in Ottawa (2002), the Water Street Squat in Peterborough (2003), and the North Star Hotel in Vancouver (2006). These were squats organized by anti-poverty groups that tended to have a short life expectancy.  The Woodward Building was a dilapidated department store that had been empty for nine years. After being evicted from the building, two hundred squatters erected a tent city on the sidewalk outside.  The action is credited with initiating the eventual renovation of the building.  The Peterborough Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) publicly occupied 1130 Water Street, a building that remained empty after a fire. The group proposed repairing the place and using it again as low-income housing. City officials agreed to the repairs, and then the city council voted to demolish the building.
The cost of demolition was $8,900 and the cost of repairs was estimated at $6,900.  The North Star Hotel was temporarily occupied by the Vancouver Anti-Poverty Committee to protest the void. The critical point to remember about squatters` rights is that they have the right to stay on your property unless you haven`t reported them within a certain time frame. As a rightful owner, you may not know about the squatters in your vacant home for years, but they have the right to stay on your property if they refund taxes, if any, and other necessary fees on the property. The exact legal status of squatting in Ireland is ambiguous and the mechanisms for removing squatters vary from case to case, sometimes through court proceedings, sometimes not. Trespassing and occupying property is not illegal, but since there is no definitive procedure for dealing with squatters, illegal evictions occur, sometimes with the assistance of the Garda Síochána (Irish police).  However, some “squatter rights” may be claimed in the form of prejudicial possession. A resident is entitled to lawful possession of the property, provided that he or she occupies the property continuously and continuously for 12 years.  To claim harmful possession, the occupier must declare his intention to claim ownership to the Land Registry.
As the rightful owner of land, primarily a vacant home, you need to protect the perimeter of your property. You don`t want to be dealing with a fake lease where a squatter has had rent payments, or a hostile claim where he believes he has legal possession. Equip your perimeter with lights, noise-making alarms and individual alarms on each of your windows. If you have fences, reinforce all your fences and locks. An example of an objective use case was Ohio, where a landowner sold 2 homes to different owners3. For some reason, 1 of the houses had a driveway, which was on the neighbor`s property. By using the driveway for many years, the opposing property was claimed. Although the previous owner sold the property with the driveway on the other person`s property.
The plaintiff has proven its objective and hostile use during the legal period. A squatter with the deed and who has paid taxes on your property for three years or more may take possession of it unfavorably, unless the property is a property of the city where the squatter needs the deed and pays taxes for five years. If a neighbor builds on your property line, he can take over the property after 2 years.