You may have bought a vacant home and discovered a squatter living on the premises. While you own the property and the squatter has no rights to be on the property, you may be surprised to know that it can be difficult to rid yourself of the squatter. For example, in a dispute with a squatter, law enforcement may be reluctant to get involved and sort out the individual’s rights. Instead, it may be in your best interests to work with an Orange County eviction lawyer.
Evicting a Squatter
While a squatter does not pay rent and does not have a legal right to live on your property, you still need to follow the eviction procedures to rid yourself of the squatter.
Generally, an Orange County eviction attorney will need to give the squatter a three-day notice to vacate the premises. You will need to meet the proper legal requirements for drafting and delivering the notice. These requirements can be difficult as you may not know the name of the squatter. Only after the three days have expired, can you initiate the eviction filing.
Similar to other eviction proceedings, an Orange County eviction attorney can explain to you that the squatter can fight the eviction in court. You will have to prove your side of the case such as your ownership of the property and the failure of the squatter to have any rights to be on the property.
If you win the case, your Orange County eviction lawyer will work with law enforcement to move the squatter out. You should never personally get involved in moving the squatter yourself.
Contact an Orange County Eviction Lawyer
If you have trouble with squatters and are looking to evict them, contact an Orange County eviction lawyer at Schiff & Shelton, Attorneys at Law, by contacting (949) 417-2211.