How to Evict Squatters

NOTE:  This article is a work in progress.  It will be finished as we get more information about effectively evicting squatters.

Before anything, learn some of the hard truths about evicting squatters:

  • It makes a difference if you own the property or not.
  • Squatting, foreclosure, trespass:  separate issues.
  • The police, for the most part, aren’t in the business of evicting squatters.
  • It’s harder than you may think, even if you are in the right.

Are You a Neighbor?  Your Options Are Limited.

If you’re a neighbor, you may have more interest in evicting the squatters than even the property owners.  Sometimes, the property owners are individuals who live far away.  Or the owner may be a financial institution.

In any case, you’re the one who has to live next to the squatter-occupied property.  It’s your property value at stake.  It’s your children who play near the squatter house.  For you, it’s never fine to have squatters nearby.

Generally, you have limited say in whether or not squatters are living next-door.  But you can act as a motive force to get things moving.  If they are engaging in criminal activity, you can (and should) call law enforcement.  Even if they are creating a nuisance–loud parties, for instance–you should call law enforcement.  This type of call has minimal value in evicting squatters, but it does help but the property on the police’s radar screen.  Every bit counts.

Are You the Property Owner?

You need to take immediate action and document all of your actions.

The longer you delay, the more difficult it becomes to remove the squatters–both physically and legally.  Physically, the squatters become more embedded at the property, moving in relatives and friends, adding furniture, making changes to the property.  Legally, the squatters begin to