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Antelope House Destroyed by Squatters

Antelope House Destroyed by Squatters

“I asked the question, how many times does this have to happen?” Barry Mathis questioned, a property manager based out of Roseville. “This was a great little house in Antelope.”

Mathis says this incident would not have happened if the California government did not pick sides. Mathis says laws passed by state lawmakers have caused a so-called squatting problem and says it can take months to evict someone.

While squatting is illegal, Mathis says squatters take up vacant homes and refuse to leave. The system became vulnerable during COVID-19 when laws protected tenants from being evicted and delayed the process of evicting squatters.

“Once you go into that eviction process, it would work OK, as long as the courts were able to keep up,” said Mathis.

Mathis says the courts are underfunded. He says the people can change these laws that are fair for the tenants and homeowners renting out their property.

He pointed to Florida, where it recently passed a law that now classifies squatting as criminal trespassing.

“If they do not belong in the house, get them out,” said Mathis. “If they have a lease that is written on a Christmas card, that is probably not legit. And I think the average street cop can figure that out.”

Mathis believes this will make some people think twice about whether they want to invest in a second home to rent.

He urges rental owners to keep an eye on the property regularly, make sure locks are secured and if someone is not leaving, get professional help.

Courtesy of ABC10