Squatting is illegal in most states, but there are exceptions for people living in abandoned buildings, homeless shelters, and other places that are no longer being used by their original owners.
Know the law
If you find yourself squatting in an area where you aren’t supposed to be, contact local law enforcement immediately. They will help you determine whether you need to leave the premises or face legal consequences.
Find Out Who Owns the Property.
It’s important to understand who owns the land before you decide to squat there. You should also make sure that you have permission to stay on the property.
Contact the Owner.
If you find yourself living on private property without permission, contact the owner first. They will likely ask you to leave.
If you do decide to stay, you must obtain permission from the landowner before you move into the home. You should also make sure that you have the proper documentation to prove ownership of the property.
Don’t Move In.
If you find yourself living in an abandoned building, you need to contact the local authorities to determine whether you are legally permitted to remain there. If you are not authorized to reside in the structure, you will likely face criminal charges.