- Nov 20, 2008
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The laws are even crazier in England (at least they were the last time I was there). I talked to the rental property owner about it and agreed that it is insane (funny how criminals have so many rights). He said he liked it back in the day when one way to deal with them was to simply beat them. They usually left after that.We finished a short documentary mini-series called Worst Roommate Ever. Each episode talked about a different story. Then the last two were about Jamison Bachman, a serial squatter. I did not realize that is a thing. The laws are completely messed up in how they protect these people. Essentially people answer a craiglist ad for a roommate. They pay a month or two of rent, get comfortable there and then stop paying, essentially taking over the place. The owner of the home or apartment can't legally change the locks to kick them out. Have to go through the legal eviction process that can be very difficult, expensive and time consuming. It's horrible.
Here is a link explaining it. Crazy.
Serial squatters are squatters who move from rental to rental without ever being a legal tenant. It’s very important to protect homes and rental properties from illegal occupants who put tenants, roommates, and landlords all at riskrentredi.com