3 Impenetrable Strategies to Get Rid of Squatters in Your Property

Landlords are fighting daily battled against squatters terrorizing their properties. Trying to deal with them isn’t an easy war to win. Many squatters know the systems that they can play in order to extend their unwanted stay. Dealing with squatters can become a losing battle fast. It oftentimes causes a homeowner to quickly sell and run away from the situation. These uninvited guests have a knack for setting up shop on your property and staying put for months, which can be a total nightmare.

Avoid getting stuck with a squatter in your property by leveraging these legitimate strategies to get them out of your home and restore your peace of mind.

1. Negotiation Tactics: The Power of Persuasion

While it may seem like a squatter holds all the cards, sometimes a bit of negotiation can go a long way. Remember, squatters are human beings too. They have their own concerns, circumstances, and needs. Try engaging them in a conversation, maintaining a respectful tone throughout. Maybe they’re unaware of their illegal status! This is more common than landlords think when dealing with tenants that have stayed past their lease agreement end date.

In these squatter situations, a little empathy, coupled with firmness, can potentially get them out. Offer alternatives, such as homeless shelters or subsidized housing. Even propose a timeline for them to gather their belongings and depart peacefully. Clear communication may defuse the tension and potentially lead to a resolution without needing a court’s involvement. Of course, only negotiate with them in person if you feel safe to do so.

2. Cash for Keys: The Golden Handshake

If diplomacy doesn’t cut it, there’s another strategy that often works – cash for keys. The concept is simple: you offer the squatter a financial incentive to leave your property. It can seem counter-intuitive to pay someone to leave a space they’re occupying unlawfully. Yes, spending money you didn’t plan to hurt. However, consider the alternative costs.

Legal battles are lengthy, costly, and stressful. In comparison, a one-time payment (think of it as a golden handshake goodbye) might be a small price to pay for a swift resolution. Squatters may be looking for a very small amount of money. Landlords should start low and bump up their offers from there. Spending some money upfront to get a squatter out of your property is oftentimes cheaper than the legal route.

3. Mediation: Call in the Peacemakers

Certain squatter situations need a neutral third party to facilitate dialogue and find common ground. Mediators are experienced professionals who specialize in resolving disputes out of court. This can be an effective, less adversarial solution than formal eviction proceedings. Many squatters know their rights and will push things to the edge until additional reinforcements are brought in by landlords.

Mediators can offer solutions beneficial for both parties, maintaining respect and dignity throughout the situation. You can get rid of even the most ruthless squatters by teaming up with a mediator. Don’t hesitate to bring in professionals for help. Many landlords try to DIY the situation and get stuck with squatters for even longer. 

Getting Rid of a Squatter

Remember, when dealing with squatters on your property, the key to all these strategies is patience. Go into it with a clear head and professional guidance. While these suggestions can be effective, they don’t replace legal advice. Always consult with property or lawyers in the U.S. to guide you through the process. You don’t have to fight a squatter battle alone. Determine the best eviction strategy to get your property back.

Article by Inna Chumachenko

Inna Chumachenko is the Content Lead at Lawrina. She is responsible for managing all the content that can be found on the blog, guides, and other pages of the website. Inna has a degree in philology and a vast interest in law. In her role at Lawrina, Inna oversees the content team, establishes collaborations with writers, and curates content from various contributors.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the content for Lawrina, please feel free to contact Inna directly via email at [email protected] or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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