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    Once again the "law" was wrong.

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    The law makes no sense in this case. The police absolutely should have booted them out. Squatting on land they don't own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAYHEM View Post
    I just want to be sure I'm understanding this. You're saying that because those people didn't own the house, they had no right to be using the house, right?
    Now what if they were sitting atop a horse, wearing cowboy hats, and waving American flags while proclaiming their belief that the government has no authority over them?
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    Sounds like we're not getting the whole story. There's no law I'm aware of that you can't evict people simply "because they already established residency" for 2 years.

    If it was 7 years, then it's possible to lose the property rights but there are elements that need to be met and I'm pretty sure there's a statute that protects service members from it.

    The only thing I can think of is if the guy couldn't prove he had title to the place, then they couldn't simply kick out the squatters. Or the police didn't know the law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTC111 View Post
    I just want to be sure I'm understanding this. You're saying that because those people didn't own the house, they had no right to be using the house, right?
    Now what if they were sitting atop a horse, wearing cowboy hats, and waving American flags while proclaiming their belief that the government has no authority over them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBW43 View Post
    Sounds like we're not getting the whole story. There's no law I'm aware of that you can't evict people simply "because they already established residency" for 2 years.

    If it was 7 years, then it's possible to lose the property rights but there are elements that need to be met and I'm pretty sure there's a statute that protects service members from it.

    The only thing I can think of is if the guy couldn't prove he had title to the place, then they couldn't simply kick out the squatters. Or the police didn't know the law.
    I agree. Something is missing here. I do know that there is a law on the books that when you occupy and keep up the property that you can claim ownership after a certain number of years but it has to be proven that the existing owner has abandoned the property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phins_4_ever View Post
    I agree. Something is missing here. I do know that there is a law on the books that when you occupy and keep up the property that you can claim ownership after a certain number of years but it has to be proven that the existing owner has abandoned the property.
    What I think is going on is some kind of squatters right law that requires the owner of the property to get a court order to evict a squatter, as opposed to resorting to self help. The article makes some mention of the owner having to get a court order, which can be expensive, especially when the squatter made up some bs claim of an oral agreement. It clearly is not adverse posession, which requires something like 10 years or more in most places.


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    It is a very grey area of property rights...and it take a lot to get the law enforcement involved...having proof is key and with him being away it makes it even harder to provide the proof.

    The squatters were claiming they had made arrangements to live in the house in exchange for repairs....at that point it is a civil matter...not a criminal matter.

    As for the Motorcycle gang forcing them out.....several stories ran on the local news about the situation...the bad press combined by the threat of the Vets (never needed to show up) led to the squatters leaving.
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