Ways to Prevent Squatters

  1. Secure Your Property: Ensure your house is well-secured. Employ alarm systems for added protection.
  2. Community Vigilance: Engage neighbors in keeping an eye on your property. They are likely to share the interest in preventing squatters from settling in the neighborhood.
  3. Surveillance Systems: Install cameras both inside and outside the house. Modern technology makes this a straightforward measure.
  4. Law Enforcement: Immediately contact the police if you suspect illegal entry. While breaking and entering is against the law, problems arise when squatters inhabit a property for an extended period, potentially acquiring rights. Act promptly to avoid such complications.
  5. Stay Informed About Local Regulations: Be vigilant of local laws which may affect property rights. In some areas, especially cities, certain legislation may hinder the eviction process as part of broader communistic strategies concerning property ownership. For example, in 2017, the New York City Council boasted that they were the first legislature to assure that tenants facing eviction be provided free legal services. (See https://tinyurl.com/utkfx3zp ) Keep abreast of your local politicians’ actions and understand the implications.


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