We’ve had a lot of posts recently about the problem of squatters. A recent report on FOX Business’ Varney & Company says after squatters took over his mother’s house, one handyman took the law into his own hands and uncovered a clever way to force them out. The man, Flash Shelton, called called local law enforcement, and as soon as they saw that there was furniture in the house, they said they had basically no jurisdiction and couldn’t do anything. Shelton then discovered he could use squatters rights himself to take back the home, but, as a precaution, he had his mother write and notarize a lease.
“I dissected the laws over a weekend. I basically figured out that until there’s civil action, the squatters didn’t have any rights. So if I could switch places with them, become the squatter myself, I would assume those squatter rights,” Shelton said Thursday on “Varney & Co.”
“I packed up my jeep, drove up there and paced out the joint around 4 a.m. I waited. About 8:00, 8:30 in the morning, three cars pulled out of the driveway and I made entrance to the house. I put up cameras, waited for them to come back,” he said.
“They didn’t have a lease, so that never came into play. But when they came back, I just laid it out for them, told them that it was all locked up, cameras, and the only way they would get back in the house is if they broke in on camera, and I would prosecute. I told them they had a day to get their stuff out or the furniture was not theirs anymore.”