Squatter


Squatter
A person who settles in or occupies property with no legal claim to the property. A squatter is one who resides on a property to which he or she has no title, right or lease. A squatter may gain adverse possession of the property through involuntary transfer. A property owner who does not use or inspect his or her property for a number of years could lose title to another person who makes a claim to the land, takes possession of the land and uses the land.

Different states have varying laws regarding squatter's rights and adverse possession. For example, certain states require continuous possession of seven years to acquire privately owned property in addition to other requirements. Rockefeller Center, for instance, is closed one day each year to make certain that no trespassers or squatters could ever lay claim to the property's title through adverse possession.


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  • squatter — [ skwate ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1969; angl. amér. to squat 1 ♦ Occuper illégalement (une habitation vide). On dit aussi SQUATTÉRISER <conjug. : 1> . « l immeuble vétuste dont les bohémiens avaient squattérisé le sous sol » (Le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • squatter — squat·ter / skwä tər/ n: a person who occupies real property without a claim of right or title ◇ In most jurisdictions, a squatter cannot gain title to land through adverse possession because adverse possession requires possession of the property …   Law dictionary

  • Squatter — Squat ter ( t[ e]r), n. 1. One who squats; specifically, one who settles unlawfully upon land without a title. In the United States and Australia the term is sometimes applied also to a person who settles lawfully upon government land under legal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squatter —   [ skwɔtə; englisch, zu to squat »hocken«, »kauern«] der, s/ , Bezeichnung für einen Ansiedler, der sich ohne Rechtstitel auf unbebautem Land niederlässt (auch in Städten); in den USA besonders für die Ansiedler der Backwoods. * * * Squat|ter [… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • squatter — SCUÓ TĂR/ s. m. cel care ocupă, fără aprobare, o locuinţă abandonată ce urmează să fie supusă demolării. (< engl., fr. squatter) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Squatter — (engl., spr. ßkwotter, von to squat, niederkauern), in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ein Ansiedler, der sich ohne Rechtstitel auf einem Stück unbebauten Landes niederläßt. Da diese Ansiedler viel zur raschen Besiedelung, namentlich der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • squatter — squat‧ter [ˈskwɒtə ǁ ˈskwɑːtər] noun [countable] 1. PROPERTY someone who lives in an empty building without permission or without paying rent 2. LAW someone who lives on unowned land without permission and without paying rent, but has legal… …   Financial and business terms

  • squatter — settler who occupies land without legal title, 1788, agent noun from SQUAT (Cf. squat) (v.); in reference to paupers or homeless people in uninhabited buildings, it is recorded from 1880 …   Etymology dictionary

  • squatter — (del inglés; pronunciamos escuáter ) sustantivo masculino,f. 1. Okupa Uso/registro: jergal):. Unos squatters han sido desalojados de una casa de nuestra calle por la policía …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • squatter — ► NOUN 1) a person who squats in a building or on unused land. 2) Austral./NZ a large scale sheep or cattle farmer …   English terms dictionary

  • squatter — [skwät′ər] n. 1. a person or animal that squats, or crouches ☆ 2. a person who settles on public or unoccupied land: see SQUAT (vi. 3 & 4) 3. a person who occupies illegally a vacant house, building, etc …   English World dictionary


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