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Governor DeSantis protects property owners in Florida: “We are putting an end to the squatters scam in Florida”


Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed HB 621 into law, a significant move aimed at protecting property rights in Florida. This legislation targets squatters by providing homeowners with effective remedies and significantly increasing penalties for those unlawfully occupying properties.

Strengthening Property Rights and Penalizing Squatters

Governor DeSantis highlighted his commitment to ending what he described as the “squatters scam” in Florida. “We are putting an end to the squatters scam in Florida,” he stated, emphasizing the state’s focus on protecting property owners rather than siding with squatters, as he claims is the case in other states.

Attorney General Ashley Moody echoed this sentiment, pointing to the state’s leadership in safeguarding against squatters. She referenced concerns over illegal immigration and alleged plans by some to occupy homes unlawfully. “Florida is once again leading the nation, this time in securing our state against squatters. Biden has allowed millions of illegal immigrants to flood across the border. After video evidence of their plan to take over homes emerged, we’re ensuring Floridians are protected from this egregious and brazen scheme. I’m grateful to Governor DeSantis for signing this important legislation into law, and to Representative Kevin Steele for carrying this bill through Session.” Moody remarked.

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HB 621 simplifies the process for property owners to regain control of their property from squatters. Law enforcement can now promptly intervene and remove squatters under specific conditions, such as unlawful entry and refusal to vacate upon the owner’s request. This approach is designed to minimize the financial and logistical burdens traditionally associated with expelling squatters, including extensive legal battles and lost rental income.

Moreover, the legislation introduces stringent penalties for squatting activities. It classifies making false property claims or presenting falsified documents as a first-degree misdemeanor. Squatting that results in significant property damage can lead to second-degree felony charges, while advertising or selling property without ownership is considered a first-degree felony.

This law marks a crucial step in Florida’s effort to protect homeowners and combat squatting, promising quick resolution and tough consequences for violators. For further details on HB 621 and its implications, click here.

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