Florida Legislature takes on house squatters in Florida

This newest crisis has been quietly exploding around the country, as amoral illegals and their fellow travelers continue testing the U.S. legal system’s weaknesses. The best way to explain this one is this short but terrifyingly realistic spoof video, published yesterday, although you could be forgiven for being fooled into thinking it is horrifyingly real. It is real. You could title the video, “How I Stole a House in Portland.”

As a lawyer, I can say everything in that video was accurate, and even more likely to happen in places like Portland where they have ridiculous “squatter’s rights” laws.

The good news is that, outside Portland (and the Blue States), legislators are already reacting.

The bill would allow police to remove squatters even though they claim to have leases (with treble damages against landlords that lie).

Although hysterically opposed by shrieking leftwing activist groups, the squatter’s bill passed a Florida Senate committee last week 7-1.

Blue States actually have laws going the other way: protecting the rights of people squatting in other folks’ houses. Fixing ‘squatters rights’ laws is going to take a lot longer and be much more difficult in those Blue States. In other words, the self-inflicted punishment of the Blue States is only getting started.

Jeff Childers

Jeff Childers is the president and founder of the Childers Law firm. Jeff interned at the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Orlando, where he helped write several widely-cited opinions. He then worked as an associate with the prestigious firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando and Winter Park, Florida before moving back to Gainesville and founding Childers Law. Jeff served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Judicial Bar Association, and on the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. Jeff has published several articles as co-author with Professor William Page of the Levin College of Law (University of Florida) on the topic of anti-trust in the Microsoft case. He also is the author of an article on the topic of Product Liability in the Software Context. Jeff focuses his area of practice on commercial litigation, elections law, and constitutional issues. He is a skilled trial litigator and appellate advocate. http://www.coffeeandcovid.com/


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