Score One Against the Squatters…Read if it ever happens to you. - Posted by Chenel Moore_MD
Posted by Chenel Moore_MD on April 25, 2000 at 16:55:59:
Well it turns out that I have a victory. After going back and forth with the court and the sheriff here is the final verdict.
The court system will only act in landlord and tenant disputes. Without a lease there isn’t any action I can file against these people. Therefore the sheriff is eliminated because he will require court orders.
The local police department however has the authority to arrest them based on a trespassing violation. At this point, I will have to file charges and remove their belongings from the property.
So technically, I can’t just throw them out, this is true. But once they are arrested on trespassing charges, I can remove their possessions from the property and change the locks. I received this advice from his honor the judge himself and the town attorney.
I had to give the squatter written notice (which I did) and take the notice along with my papers proving that I own the property to the precinct.
As it turns out the squatter is also a convict with several warrants out for his arrest(it is amazing what info you can find out when you have friends at the police station). It is in his favor to vacate the property before I send the cops to arrest him.
Thanks for all the help!!!