Unauthorized Dwellings 33

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A man in Washington smelled cigarette smoke in his home and traced it to an upstairs loft. There he found a makeshift bed, a running heater, half-eaten food, and drugs. The following day the suspect returned to the house and was taken into custody, police said.

     Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 17, 2024
     Category: Drugs | Stupid Criminals | Unauthorized Dwellings | Twenty-first Century

Lucky he did not claim squatters rights and get to stay.
Posted by Mike on 04/17/24 at 08:24 AM
How did he get into the attic? I have patients who have had the same belief and complain that they have not been believed by family, police, or doctors. The article should have specified if there was some point of access from the outside of the house or if the intruder had some kind of direct access to the house's interior.
Posted by John Casada on 04/17/24 at 03:02 PM
@Mike AIUI you can only claim squatter's rights - or adverse possession, as it is officially called - if the premises are actually unoccupied. In this case, he was bunking in a rarely used loft of a home the rest of which was used normally.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/20/24 at 03:00 AM

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