The Far-Left is Pro Squatters’ Rights, Putting Homeowners Like You at Risk

Squatters have more rights in far-left, progressive areas, and homeowners suffer. It isn’t a coincidence or “rare practice,” — and it’s not a case of “conservatives pounce.” 

The recent slew of incidents involving squatters is part of a joint effort to undermine property rights. That includes the death in March of a woman in New York who was murdered and dismembered, allegedly by teens who had been squatting in her late mother’s apartment.

Squatting is when individuals lay claim to another’s property, frequently a home that is unoccupied, with fraudulently claimed legal authority. States have laws that guard against trespassing, but additionally, laws that protect tenants. The far-left, particularly progressives, have begun to misuse tenant protections — promoting squatting.

They aren’t even trying to hide it. For example, the Democratic Socialists of America say they want to repeal laws “that criminalize squatting and other productive occupation of unused housing.” As Karl Marx summed it up, “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

Unsurprisingly, ultra-progressive New York City has changed the rules to reinforce protections and extend them to squatters. In New York State, residents who have lived in a residence for ten years can claim ownership. This isn’t uncommon. States have unfavorable laws of possession that help keep the property rolls clean.

However, in New York City, according to a report by Newsweek, “squatters cannot be easily removed from the property if they have been living in it for 30 days, as landlords must then navigate the city’s eviction laws — entering a process that can take around two years to complete. Before the process ends, owners cannot change the locks on the properties or remove squatters’ belongings.”

That has led to a plethora of confrontations that haven’t gone well for law-abiding property owners, including the murder mentioned previously:

•           Ejona Bardhi Shyti, a real estate broker, found squatters in a Queens property she manages — property she manages — a property that had just been leased to a paying tenant. They claimed they were legally in the almost million-dollar home and have now sued the owner and broker with a Shake Shack receipt as “proof” of their legal residency.

•           Residents in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood experienced a “reign of terror,” according to the New York Post. A group of squatters “wreaked havoc on a Brooklyn block for months, stealing from — and threatening — neighbors before burning a house to the ground last November.”

•           Adele Andaloro was arrested in March for changing the locks on her home in Flushing, Queens. A local TV station filmed her entering the house and confronting squatters illegally living there. However, when the police were summoned, Adele was sent to jail.

•           When eight illegal immigrants were found in a Bronx apartment squatting last week, they were arrested — however, not on charges of unlawful entry and trespass. Instead, they were found with drugs and guns. But six were soon released without bond.

Legislators are responding. Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a law that allows squatters to be immediately evicted

“If you are the victim of squatting you can simply fill out a form, give it to your local sheriff and the sheriff is instructed to go and remove the people who are inhabiting your dwelling illegally,” said DeSantis at the signing ceremony.

Other states are also considering reforms. The Biden administration, for its part, calls the problem a “local issue” and says officials should “take action.” 

When asked if she would support laws like Florida’s new legislation, a White House spokesperson declined to answer. 

We need to focus on the issue at hand. There is a fundamental dispute over the nature of property rights. However, as we know, “property rights are human rights.”