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Squatters' Rights: Difference Between Adverse Possession, Trespassing

MortenMyksvoll/Flickr By Christine DiGangi Technically, you could walk into a home that isn't yours and declare ownership without paying a cent. There are a lot more details that would need to play out in just the right way, but theoretically, it's possible through a process called adverse possession. It's the concept... Continue Reading »

Squatters Beware: States Are Revising Adverse Possession Laws

Anyone hoping to claim any one of thousands of foreclosed homes in Florida through adverse possession -- simply squatting on the land for several years to obtain title to the home -- are out of luck. Florida just changed its law to prohibit "acquiring title to real property by possession." Gov. Rick Scott signed the... Continue Reading »

Squatting in Foreclosed Homes on the Rise?

Thanks to existence of adverse possession laws in some states -- which in rare cases allows a person to claim title to an abandoned property after occupying it for an extended time -- Cherie Fields, 25, and her husband Owen Fields, 27, apparently thought they could live at a vacant home in Lakeland, Fla., for free. On... Continue Reading »

Alleged Squatter Andre Barbosa Leaves Foreclosed Mansion in Boca Raton

We knew it wouldn't last: Andre Barbosa, the 23-year-old alleged squatter who has been living in a $2.5 million foreclosed Boca Raton, Fla., McMansion for months, is finally getting evicted. But when police moved in to evict Barbosa from the mansion on Thursday, he was nowhere to be found, NBC 6 South Florida... Continue Reading »

Squatters in Littleton, Colo., Couple's Home Refuse to Vacate Despite Judge's Ruling

Despite a judge's ruling that a pair of squatters vacate a Colorado couple's home in two days, two weeks later they are still there, forcing the home's owners to stay put in a relative's basement. Troy and Dayna Donovan (pictured above) had spent a few months away from their home in Littleton, Colo., and when they... Continue Reading »

Troy Donovan and His Wife, Dayna, Find Squatters Living in Their Littleton, Colo., Home

A Littleton, Colo., couple who spent a few months away from home were shocked by what they found in their house when they got back. Another family had moved in, claiming that they bought the house for $5,000. Because of an unscrupulous real estate agent who claimed that their house was abandoned -- and then sold it --... Continue Reading »

Squatters Claim $2.7 Million Texas Mansion

FORT WORTH, Texas -- One person moved into a dead neighbor's house. Another came from Memphis, Tenn., to Fort Worth to lay claim to a $2.7 million mansion. Tarrant County has become the go-to place for an assortment of squatters claiming other people's houses as their own, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. A... Continue Reading »

Protesters 'Liberate' Foreclosed Homes

When Virginia Henry bought her boarded-up and abandoned Rochester, N.Y., home in December 2007, she saw potential where others were blind to it. The house, a short sale, became her home to live in and care for, she said. She plopped down her $20,000 and filed her paperwork for a loan program that would pay the balance... Continue Reading »

Man Claims $300K House for $16

A tip of the hat to our pals at Curbed for tipping us off to this one. Thanks to a little-known provision in state law, enterprising Texan Kenneth Robinson -- either a hero or a squatter, depending on your point of view -- has taken possession of a foreclosed $300,000 house for a mere $16. That's the amount he forked... Continue Reading »

Florida Real Estate Hijacking Victim Wins Back Home

Finders keepers, losers weepers: That may as well be the name of a Florida law on "adverse possession" that says anyone can move into an abandoned Florida home without the owner's permission and eventually obtain the title. That is, provided seven years has passed since the squatters barged their way in, and that they paid... Continue Reading »

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