Texas Homeowners Devastated by Rampant Squatting

Months ago, Terri Boyette’s house, pocketbook, and morale were utterly devastated when intruders invaded, looted, and plundered her property in the Dallas region. 

She is currently living at her mother’s residence in Florida.

Following an incident where her house was destroyed, and her belongings were sold by a squatter while Boyette was away caring for a relative, she decided to document her harrowing ordeal on film.

She learned that the “tenant” was safeguarded by squatters’ rights laws because he had been there for over ten days. When she tried to report the break-in to the police, she was informed that she would need to follow the eviction process.

The problem was that she hired him to do some handiwork, but it had been months since she had enlisted his help. During her absence, he unlawfully entered the house and comfortably settled in, along with several acquaintances. They transformed it into a drug den.

When she finally got back into her house on March 20, she found that most of her furniture and appliances had been either stolen or badly damaged.

Boyette showcased her home in a widely shared video, revealing the extensive damage caused by the settler. The footage exposed the overwhelming amount of garbage, clothing, and spoiled food left behind.

Property owners often face challenges when trying to remove unauthorized individuals from their properties due to legal protections granted to “tenants” after a certain period.

Residents in an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood have come together to establish a community watch out of concern for a potential problem with squatters. Their main objective is to keep a close eye on the streets and gather evidence, such as photographs and videos, of any suspected squatting activities.

The homeowners in Studio City, California, were shocked to discover that a settler had occupied an empty $3 million property.

Individuals accused of squatting may now face criminal repercussions as a result of a measure signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Once the legislation becomes effective in July, law enforcement will be empowered to apprehend individuals occupying property unlawfully promptly. Anyone who enters without permission will face serious legal consequences for intentional destruction and fraudulent lease documents.