Dealing With Squatters
Are you a landlord in Philadelphia or the Delaware Valley with squatters in your property?
Concerned about the legal problems with evicting a squatter?
Unsure of your rights as a landlord?
Squatting is the action of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied area of land or a building, usually residential, that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use.
In the United States, “squatter’s rights” isn’t a list of specific rights, but refers to a specific form of adverse possession. A legal principle that we inherited from England and has bee
n around, in one form or another, for ages.
Due to an increase in homelessness, and recent changes in Philadelphia law, squatting is becoming an increasingly more difficult issue to deal with in our city. If you are the owner of the property and need to evict a squatter, the first step is to file a police report, and follow up with the formal eviction process, the same process you would follow for delinquent or undesirable tenants. This process begins by
serving the squatter a formal notice of eviction, then filing an eviction complaint with Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. The court will be able to explain the formal requirements and schedule for these events.
As long as you are the rightful owner and the squatter cannot show any ownership interest or right of possession, a proper complaint should eventually result in a judgment in your favor. Adverse possession allows for real estate to change ownership without payment if someone occupies another person’s property while meeting certain requirements for a set amount of time without the owner getting rid of them. However, these circumstances are much less common.
As a landlord, you must know your rights in dealing with squatters. If you are unable to convince an unwanted occupant to leave, legal action is inevitable.
The good news is that our team of experts can help. We will help you with the removal of squatters and help you navigate the complex laws, so that you can reclaim your property! Contact us today to get a free consultation!
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