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Shelly, Home Buyer in San Diego, CA

is it illeagal to move in an abandon house?

Asked by Shelly, San Diego, CA Wed Oct 17, 2007

is it against the lawto move onto an abandon house?

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Hi Shelly, contact a real estate attorney because from what I can remember, if you live in the property for "X" number of years, then the property will be yours. Please consult with an attorney and the city/state for information.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
As someone else said, the property belongs to someone. If it doesn't belong to you, what do you think? Turn it around. What if it was your property and someone just "moved in" because you weren't around.
There were squatters on a property close to me for years. The owner knew they were there but let them stay while they raised their 5 kids. When the kids were grown, she asked them to leave.
Recently we put the property on the market. Guess what...it cost my client $10,000. to clean up the mess they left.
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Hi Shelley. How do you know the house is abandoned? Just because it's vacant does not mean it's abandoned. Somebody is the legal owner and is probably still paying at least property taxes. As long as it's someone else's house, why do you think you should be able to just move in just because nobody else lives in the house. Also, if it's vacant, utilities are probably not turned on which make it not livable and subject to condemnation. Unless you have been invited onto someone else's property, you run the risk of being charged with trespassing. Check with a CA attorney as attorneys are the only professionals licensed to give legal advice.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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If you are not evicted or asked to move out... and you pay the taxes... and openly (not secretly) occupy the property for a certain number of years, you may acquire squatter's rights.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
Moral compass?!!! Notice most of the people giving you that line of baloney are real estate agents. You know used dirt salesman. Not well schooled in real estate law. How about abandoned homes as breeding grounds for crime, pollution, lowered property values and dangers to children?

Shelly despite what these landlord loving people are saying you can actually move into an abandoned house and live in it. Guess what? It's legal depending on certain factors. Check the property records for the house. Taxes up to date? If they are don't move in. If the house is truly abandoned you are actually doing the community a favor. Abandoned homes are an invitation to trouble. Detroit is actually giving away abandoned homes.

Do a google search for adverse possession. This has been in English common law since the renaissance and was carried over into our civil codes. If you live in California like I do there is a way after five years for you to obtain title to the property.

Follow the law it really is your friend.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 27, 2012
Ok, pardon my frankness...are you kidding with this question? What do you think?
To reiterate previous postings:
1) how do you know it abandoned? Just because it is vacant or boarded up-this does not mean it is your property. If you really want this property legitamately--go down to public records and search out the owner--it may be a person, a trust , a bank or even the city.
2) Ok...where is the moral compass....if something is not yours, it;s not yours.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 13, 2008
Yes. You can only live in a home if you own it or rent it.
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Yes. It is still owned by some entity.
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Abandoned homes are still owned by someone. Moving in to one without owner's permission is considered trespassing. However, there is an established common law tradition of squatting - someone who successfully squats (lives without permission AND pays taxes) for 5 years can be eligible to be the new owner.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 17, 2007
Yes. It's called squatting.
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