What is a Squatter?

A squatter is someone who occupies a building or piece of land without the owner's permission or without paying rent. There are a number of reasons why squatter can be bad for landlords.

  1. Squatters can cause significant damage, which can be costly to repair.
  2. Squatters can create health and safety hazards, which can put the landlord at risk of liability.
  3. Squatters can make it difficult for the landlord to sell or rent the property, as potential buyers or tenants may be put off by the presence of squatter.

If you're in a situation where a squatter refuses to leave the property, make sure you understand the law as squatters usually have specially designated rights.

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