Protect Your Listing… Against Squatters

Real estate agents have a list of things to worry about: legal issues, neighbours, indecisive buyers, overzealous sellers... squatters? Stories have come up more than once where unauthorized individuals have taken up residence in homes on the market. Cases like these have popped up in Texas where a Manitoban couple’s vacation home was overtaken by a nervy couple. As rare as these cases are, realtors should be weary of squatters in their clients’ homes. The process is not as simple as kicking them out, as displayed in Antioch, California where a restraining order was placed against the agent for harassing the unauthorized residents. As much as we want to furrow our brow at the prospect of being restricted from entering within 50 feet of a home YOU yourself are selling, there is a judicial process.

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