Watch out for Squatters on your property.

Watch out for Squatters on your property.

It’s getting Cold outside, Watch out for Squatters in your property. Read the Article in the December Florida Rising Magazine – http://joom.ag/F5Sp   Trident Ground Protection: Has a Service for Property Owners – Physical Patrols. Trident Ground Protection provides professional monitoring of your CCTV, fire detection and intrusion alarm systems 24 hours a day. Our staff of highly trained video patrol officers and telecommunications will actively patrol your property utilizing your equipment and systems and notify you and emergency first responders to any occurrence of criminal or suspicious activity. http://www.tridentgroundprotection.com/ Owner: Colin Geoffrey Taylor   1. Figure out if it really is a squatter. The first question to ask is if the people that you see on your property really are squatting or if they are in fact simply trespassing. A trespasser is a much less substantial problem. It’s someone who has come onto your land or buildings unlawfully. Trespassers usually do not stay long. Vandalism is a common motivation for trespassers, but they could be there for any reason. A squatter is someone who has essentially moved into your place and is treating it as their home, explains Colin Geoffrey Taylor of Florida Based Security Firm Trident Ground Protection. “This practice is more common if the property is a vacation home and/or the owner rarely comes to check on the place,” he says. “For the most part, squatters can’t be removed without some sort of civil eviction action.” If someone doesn’t move out when their lease expires, that is actually a different type of problem – called a holdover tenant. Holdover tenants can be difficult to get out of the unit, requiring legal paperwork that is not necessary in the case of a true squatter. Complicating the issue, though, squatters can become holdover tenants if they can prove that they have been living on your property for a specified period of time. For instance, in Florida, the time period is 30 days. While someone who has been renting from a landlord and refuses to leave in Broward County Palm Beach or Miami Dade County its according to the lease payment time, from month to month rental to Year to Year rental both with different eviction procedure’s. a squatter graduates to holdover status after just one month. Generally around the country, it’s much easier to get rid of squatters than holdovers, but a holdover action frequently delivers better results, according to NationalEvictions.com “Often times, a holdover proceeding seems to give the landlord a more guaranteed approach to recovering their property,” explains the eviction expert at NationalEvictions.com. “The trade off is that with a holdover proceeding, the time to evict is often a little longer.”   2. Move to evict. All right, so you want to kick these squatters to the curb. The first thing to do is deliver an eviction notice. What you are basically going to be serving to the squatters is what’s called an unconditional quit notice. In other words, the squatter needs to vacate the premises and move out all their belongings, and there are no conditions in which they would be allowed to stay. As NationalEvictions explains, these documents are also used for extreme situations in which the landlord wants the tenant out of the building immediately, without any chance for corrective action. In most states, they can’t be used with actual tenants unless they have failed to meet lease guidelines multiple times, been late with the rent repeatedly, torn apart the property, or used the environment for criminal purposes. They with a tenant in that case you can issue them a 7-Day notice to Quit, and in the event of an repeat action of any of the above you then issue the Tenant a 7-Day Notice that they now have no chance to cure and you will be evicting them. This again takes time. Here’s the thing: Just like tenants who have done considerable damage or are blatantly non compliant, squatters may disregard your notice. If they won’t move out, the next step is an unlawful detainer lawsuit. Once you win the suit, then you can get a court order. Let the squatters know about the court order. If they won’t budge, the police will help you enforce the court decision, says NationalEviction, who also warns that “Taking matters into your own hands by forcibly removing squatters could land you in legal trouble. With Real Estate and Owners that live in other states Trident Ground Protection has a solution to bring piece of mind for your property. They have clients that own some homes in Miami and Broward County that are million dollar properties, Trident has great rates where they physically patrol the properties do inspections and walk grounds, they check for any sign of doors windows broken or entry into the homes. “Just last month a NY client that has many investment properties they are holding for sale called and agreed for Trident to start patrolling. Colin said in the week that he started one of the homes he noticed a light that should not have been on, Police called and a woman in her early 30’s was living in the house, That could have been worse if she was living their a while then we would need a court order to remove her. She just got in and was there only a few days before i took over the daily weekely patrols.”   3. Don’t get blindsided by adverse possession laws. No one can just break into your place and claim it, of course … or can they? Squatters actually can take over ownership of your property if they have lived there long enough – typically multiple years, although parameters vary around the country. Although all the conditions of adverse possession laws must be in place in order for the squatter to win, Trident advises property owners on taking precautions. “Your best bet in preventing this result is to go and visit all your property locations at least once a month to check for…

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