Handyman Claims It’s “Heartbreaking To Watch” As Squatters Are “Taking Everything” From Homeowners

Although people are frequently incensed when they hear about illegal occupiers occupying homes, a handyman who gained notoriety for out-squatting the squatters at his mother’s property claims that there appears to be a nationwide reluctance to take action.

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“Our country is so upside down in so many ways,” Flash Shelton told Fox News. “It’s not just squatters. There are a lot of issues that we need to deal with, and I don’t think we’re finding a way to deal with them.”

Earlier this year, Shelton went viral after sharing a video of himself taking out squatters who had taken over his mother’s California home while it was for sale.

Today, he receives calls from all over the world asking for his guidance or even hiring him to remove squatters. He receives the most questions from people in New York State, Seattle, and California, but Shelton added that squatting is a “major problem” worldwide that he is working to have federal lawmakers address.

Two separate times in the last year, a Louisiana couple’s home was allegedly broken into by a repeat squatter who then tried to sell it. When at least two Chicago women were getting ready to sell the houses their parents had passed away earlier this year, they discovered squatters had taken up residence, which led to expensive court fights.

“It’s almost like, ‘I found a loophole. I can live rent-free,’” he said of squatters’ mentality.

He said he’s dealt with a lot of squatters who seem to have money and employment but are just taking advantage of the system.

“Unfortunately, people are losing their homes over it,” he said. “They’re taking everything from these homeowners, and it’s heartbreaking to watch.”

Furthermore, after having to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have trespassers removed and repairs made to their properties, squatter victims across the nation say they’re tired of being landlords.

“We’re already at ‘worse,’” Shelton said when asked if he thinks the state of squatting will have to decline even more before local governments make a change. “We’re already at the turning point where we need to do something.”

“People might have an issue with something … and they might vent about it,” he said. But when it comes to actually doing something, he guesses many people are scared to “put themselves out there or afraid to put their name on something.”

The best course of action, according to Shelton, is to avoid being a victim in the first place until states address squatters’ rights. He advised homeowners to install cameras and alarm systems to prevent squatters and to document the precise moment a squatter entered their home.

Additionally, he recommended using a PO box or locked mailbox. It has come to the attention of certain squatters that they can have their mail forwarded to an address, and if they can receive it before the homeowner, they have evidence to provide to the police that they are residing there, according to Shelton.

Additionally, he suggested that if someone is selling their house, they should put in place a screening procedure for prospective purchasers before their viewing—especially if they are not with a realtor.

“Putting a listing online or a sign in the front yard, it’s just bait,” Shelton said. “It’s telling them, ‘Hey, this house is vacant. It’s empty for you. Move your stuff in.’ And that’s what happened to me.”

Shelton advises against initiating a civil process right away if someone is already dealing with a squatter since “that gives [squatters] the rights” and could lead to a protracted legal dispute.

Even though he rose to fame by confronting squatters, he advised other people not to do so. However, he advises people to wait for a chance to return home if it’s safe.

“Wait for them to leave, wait for them to go to the store, wait for them to go to work,” he said. “They’re going to go off, they’re going to look for another … easy victim, just like a bully would.”

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