Squatter's Rights--Is It True?

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Real Estate Mortgage Broker with Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 NMLS # 198479
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I was told today if someone moved into a property that was vacant, the tenant would have squatter's rights and it could take months to get these people evicted?   If someone moves into a home, sets up housekeeping and uses a home as their permanent residence without the permission of the owner, is this not breaking and entering???  Shouldn't they be arrested?

Can some please explain how this can happen and does the owner of the property not have any rights? 

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loretta

can someone please tell me if there are squatters rights in south carolina. and what the time frame is. i have a friend who has lived on a piece of land for 27 years without paying anything now they want him to leave his home which he was given premission to live there  27 yrs ago by the owner.

October 11, 2012 07:55 PM
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Lynn Kelly-Crouch

We were invited to live on a piece of property, pay rent and within 5 years or so would have the option to purchase this property. It has been 24 years and we have not be able to purchase this property due to the multiple refinancing of the owner in order to own and/or keep his business running. We are having difficulty making payments on this property as it has gone from $80 per month to $165. One of the reasons the rent is higher is because the owner put a well on the property. We offered to pay for it but he would not let us. My husband's business has been so bad lately that for the past five years we have had difficulty making rent payments. I make lump sum payments whenever possible. We MAY be a year behind in rent and he keeps threatening to call his laywer. This is a mobile home but through the years, given the notion that we would be owners one day, we have built it into a home that cannot be moved. It has three additions, two decks, and a screened in front porch. We have also worked the property and have a storage house as well as a greenhouse in the back yard. Can we be made to leave this property after all we have put into it? I'm sure we have paid for it three times over. There was no rental agreement signed. Everything was vebal. 

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January 24, 2013 10:40 AM
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D M Protheroe

I inherited a small commercial building in SC and at the time it was occupied. I live 650 miles away. Now it is vacant. Wanted to sell it and had on market but not sold because of economy. Had an interested client but client could not come up with monies. Wanted to rent it but the amount of rent offered would not cover the taxes, insurance etc. So declined the rental offer. Without my knowledge the client went inside building and did a few alterations. Informed them that I did not want them inside building as it is illegal and I will not be liable. They said they understood and would leave. Had keys given back etc. Since the market and economic climate is slowing rebounding, I plan to put Bldg back on market this summer to sell. However, my best friend, retired teacher in Charleston went by to check on building last week and found that the former prospectve clients have set up a business in the building. I am in shock. What is my next step? 

March 03, 2013 05:37 AM
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Loretta

My daughter her husband and two daughters(one of which is special needs) my daughter is also pregnant have lived in an abandoned house which was owned by my son-in-laws uncle. They have lived here 7 years and have done many repairs believing it would be willed to them or they would have first right of refusal if property was ever sold. This property is located in Walker, WV. What rights do they have?

March 07, 2013 05:37 PM
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Kelly Lloyd

This is probably an easy question for you: I've lived in this apt for 2 years in Bluffton, SC. The owner lost this building to foreclosure. It has since been bought at an auction. The new owner said he would honor my current monthly rental rate, however, he's only honoring it for 2 months then has raised it 50.00 more per month.

He says he is going to file an eviction on me. I have never been evicted before. How long will they give me to move out as I cannot move out until I get my refund check from the IRS? I am a single mother of one disabled son. I am very upset, scared, and angry. I have no where to go. My car was recently repossessed, my boss changed the locks on the door to my job so I couldn't get in, and now I'm going to be evicted. I have no family in the area.   

If the bank had this place, they might have done a "cash for keys" to help me get out, but this is not the case. What rights do I have? I don't want this eviction on my record as it will hurt me later when I try to get another place.

I feel really trapped. Do people with disabilities have rights in this situation? I will leave this apartment and I am in contact with the owner. I told him I did not want him to evict me, that I would just be out by the end of this month, however, he is not responding to me any more. His lack of communication with me tells me it's a legal matter now.  

I appreciate any advise you can give me. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Kelly Lloyd

843 290-7167   

 

March 21, 2013 11:11 AM
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