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SQUATTER SPOTTERS: Getting rid of squatters

Posted at 10:48 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:35:04-05

For some, dealing with squatters inside a home you own has ended up turning into a nightmare. But now, the laws have changed, making it easier to get the unwanted guests out.

Neighbors told Peggy Oberg there were squatters living inside her home. Oberg's home was short saled but someone reportedly took up residence in her empty property.

Suddenly, she was forced into being a landlord.

Oberg's first question was, "What's my recourse?"

That's a question a lot of people ask. Getting rid of squatters has gotten a whole lot easier now that Nevada's new anti-squatting law has gone into effect as of October 2015.

It's not just a civil issue but a criminal one and people can report squatters to police. Some departments even have a Squatter Task Force who are getting professional squatters who break into foreclosed or short saled homes.

In the past, to legally remove a squatter was a nightmare, including going through a legal eviction process.

But with the law change, it's helped homeowners, landlords and real estate agents deal with this issue.