Protecting property-owners from squatters

Private-property owners frustrated by squatters are a major step closer to the relief and increased protection they deserve. The Senate approved my legislation giving law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to the property they had illegally occupied.

We’ve recently heard many occurrences when law-enforcement officials did not feel they had proper authority to remove illegal occupants, forcing homeowners to pursue lengthy and costly evictions.

The issue of squatting has affected people from rural, urban and suburban communities alike.

The legislation would grant law enforcement authority to remove squatters from private property and order them to remain off the premises. It would create a “request to remove trespassers” form for property owners to establish that people on the property did not have permission and had refused to leave upon request.

Keeping our communities safe is critical; this bill would provide tools to remedy the situation with the full backing of state law.

The next stop is the House Judiciary Committee for review.

Q13 TV reported on the bill and how squatters have impacted property-owners. Click here to view the story.