No more squatters

 

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office has seen the number of adverse possession claims go from 101, filed between April and June, to one claim for July and August. The decrease happened when HB 903 went into effect on July 1. State Reps. Daniel Davis and James Waldman and state Sen. Rob Bradley worked closely with our office to draft and sponsor the bill. The law prevents fraudulent adverse possession claims from being filed while not penalizing legitimate claimants.

Those who claim adverse possession under this law must pay all outstanding taxes and liens within one year of making their claim and can be charged with theft if they lease the property to a third party.

With the passing of this law, lawmakers are working to put an end to squatters who unlawfully possess properties and occupy them for free while claiming adverse possession.

Jeri Bustamante, communications assistant, Office of the Property Appraiser, Miami-Dade County

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