Squatters Revisited

Squatters are back!  Over the past year, I’ve talked several times about the growing problem of squatters.  And it seems the news is full of stories about squatters over the past few weeks.  Florida recently enacted new laws that go into effect this summer making it much easier for homeowners to get rid of them.  Georgia has a bill headed to the governor’s desk and Alabama is moving a bill through their legislature.  My guess is that you’ll start to see more states look at new legislation as we continue to hear such egregious stories about what are clearly thieves taking over someone’s house and having way too many lawful protections in the process.  Squatter’s rights are based on old English law and were beneficial as the US expanded west in the 1800s.  But it’s time to get rid of these so-called squatters rights.

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