Are Squatters Protected from Eviction?

Squatting is a controversial topic, but what are the legal rights of squatters? Learn about eviction, risks, and preventing squatting in this informative blog.


Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space, usually residential, that you don’t own. The term “squatter” refers to someone who occupies such a place without permission and without paying rent or any other compensation.

The History of Squatting

Squatting is a phenomenon that has been around for centuries. It was first used as a way to describe the act of occupying land without permission from the owner, but has since come to mean many things. Today, squatting is most commonly associated with people who occupy abandoned buildings or homes and live there without paying rent or otherwise gaining permission from the owner.

Squatting can be found in many countries around the world; however, its prevalence varies greatly depending on location and culture. For example: In some countries like France and Germany where there are strict laws against trespassing on private property (such as England), squatting is considered illegal by default unless an exception is made by law enforcement officials–which rarely happens!

On other hand we have countries like New Zealand where there are no specific laws against trespassing so long as it doesn’t cause harm or damage any structures on said land (like Canada).

What Are the Rights of Squatters?

Squatters’ rights are a legal concept which gives people who enter a property without permission the right to stay there. The laws on squatting vary from country to country, with some countries such as England having no laws protecting squatters and others like Germany having very strict rules about it.

In the US, there are no specific federal statutes that protect squatters from eviction but some states have passed their own laws on this issue: California law allows for one year of possession before any action can be taken against them; New York has similar provisions; while Florida requires notice be given within six months before filing suit against an unlawful occupant

Eviction of Squatters

If you are a landlord and want to evict squatters from your property, here is what you need to know.

  • How do I evict a squatter?
    You must first give them notice of eviction by serving them with an ‘accelerated possession order’. You should also notify the police that they have been served with this notice so that they can be removed if they refuse or fail to leave after being given 14 days’ notice.

What Are Squatters Protected from?

Squatters are protected from criminal charges. They cannot be charged with trespassing, even if they have been living in your home for years. Squatters are also protected from civil claims, meaning that you can’t sue them for any damage they caused or lost income due to their presence in your home.

Risks of Squatting

Squatting is a risky business. There are legal risks, health risks and financial risks that you should be aware of before you decide to squat.

First of all, if you’re caught squatting in someone else’s property without permission then it’s likely that the owner will try to evict you from their home or business premises by applying for an order at court for possession (or eviction). If this happens there is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting an order from the court so it could end up being very expensive for them if they do try this route – especially if there are several people living together who need somewhere else now!

Secondly, there are serious health concerns associated with squatting because it can lead to poor hygiene conditions which could result in illness such as scabies or hepatitis B/C viruses transmitted through contaminated needles used by drug addicts who may also be living in these properties without permission from landlords or owners.’

Squatting in Popular Culture

Squatting in popular culture is a rich and varied topic, ranging from literature to film and television. Squatter communities have been portrayed in many different ways, with varying degrees of sympathy for their cause.

Squatting has been depicted as an act of rebellion against oppressive government regimes (such as in George Orwell’s 1984), or simply as a way for people to survive (as seen in the film Slumdog Millionaire). It can also be viewed negatively by writers who view it as theft or vandalism (e.g., William Golding’s Lord of the Flies). In some cases, squatters are portrayed sympathetically but their actions are still illegal–for example, when they take over abandoned buildings that belong to someone else without permission from the owner(s).

Preventing Squatting

Squatting is a common problem for property owners, so it’s important to know what you can do to prevent squatters from taking up residence in your home.

Squatters are often not protected by the law, but there are some steps that you can take to secure a property against them:

  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Keep an eye on the property when it’s empty, especially if it’s near woods or other areas where people might be able to camp out without being noticed by neighbors or passersby.
  • Get rid of any furniture left behind by previous tenants–this will make it harder for squatters who want somewhere comfortable to sleep while they’re living there illegally!


Squatters’ rights are an important part of the law, but it’s important to understand them before you try to claim squatters’ rights in your own home.

If you’re facing eviction and want to know if squatters’ rights apply in your situation, contact us today. We can help answer any questions that may be on your mind about the process or what steps should be taken next.

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