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Preventing Squatters in Vacant Houses

A squatter is someone who resides on a property to which he or she has no legal title, right, or lease. Squatting is illegal in California.

Squatters differ from trespassers, because they've actually moved into the property. Often they have changed the locks, set up utilities in their name, receive mail, and may even possess fraudulent lease agreements.

Squatters can cause problems for neighbors and property owners alike. They often destroy houses in which they squat, which brings down the value of the house and surrounding homes. Many squatters are also involved in other criminal endeavors, such as narcotics and theft.

The best way to deal with squatters is to prevent them from moving in.

Below are some tips to help identify and prevent potential squatters.

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Squatter in the House
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