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SQUATTER SPOTTERS: Las Vegas homeowners at wits end with squatter

Posted at 10:51 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 02:42:06-04

Get out and stay out. That’s what homeowners in one Las Vegas community are saying to squatter who refuses to leave.

Last month, 13 Action News told you one neighbor took matters into his own hands and kept boarding up the place.

People who live there thought that got rid of the freeloader for good. But they tell us he’s back and neighbors don’t know what to do anymore.

“I thought he was gone for good,” says Alfredo Serrano, a homeowner.

That was the end of it. No more squatter living next door. At least that’s what Serrano thought.

“He was gone for about three weeks.”

A squatter had been sneaking into a burned-out vacant house next Serrano’s. It’s one of three squatter houses on Sombrero Drive.

"I’m just getting frustrated,” Serrano says.

Clark County boarded up the place. Serrano re-boarded it up himself. Police have kicked out the squatter. Serrano even took pictures of the guy getting his stuff and leaving.

“He came back,” Serrano says.

“We’ve tried so much to try to keep them out. It just keeps happening,” says Derek Decker, another homeowner.

The squatter won’t stay away. Decker says neighbors have tried everything.

“They just find ways of getting the boards off the doors,” he says.

Serrano says he’s not ready to throw in the towel.

“Not yet, not yet. I think I’m good for one more boarding up.”

Serrano and Decker say neighbors are trying the get the bank that owns the property to sell or let go of the house so someone can refurbish it and keep squatters out for good.