Posted by: Richard Recuset | 07/03/2013

The squatting gig is over in the state of Florida

Would be squatters who don’t get the memo will find it more difficult to claim ownership of an abandoned house starting July 1, 2013.

Lawmakers strengthened Florida’s adverse possession laws. For starters, you need greenbacks. Beginning Monday, a claim of adverse possession requires the following:

1) Payment of all outstanding taxes and liens levied by the state, county or municipality within one year.

2) Submission of information to the county property appraiser:

  • contact info
  • date the adverse possession claim began
  • legal description of the property
  • dates when outstanding taxes and liens were paid.

Filing this return, however, does not give an adverse possessor an enforceable interest in the property. Squatters who don’t file a return may be charged with trespassing. If an adverse possessor leases the property to a third party, he can be charged with theft. (HB 903)

teamDoral is a RE/MAX Premier Associates Group. Richard Recuset is a REALTOR®, team leader, Short Sale Agent, Listing Marketing Specialist,Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Internet Professional, and an Accredited Commercial Professional (ACP), serving the City of Doral, Fl., and surrounding areas.

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*Nothing in this article is intended to solicit listings currently under contract with another broker.  This article offers no legal or tax advise and is for information purposes only.

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