With the Economy in Shambles, More Americans Turn to Squatting: “Willing to Take the Risk”

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

Mac Slavo
November 12th, 2015

There have always been squatters, but the trend may be rising.

The clash of abandoned properties and people displaced and desperate enough to try to squat on them suggests another boom-bust housing market headed for disaster.

The phenomenon was notable after the 2006 housing bubble popped, and has resurfaced in strikingly similar circumstances for many struggling Americans.

News8 in Tampa reported on the caustic reaction by law enforcement to squatters it believes may be using a manual that has been published and sold on Amazon on strategies about how to squat, for those “willing to take the risk”:

Crooks find empty houses all over Tampa Bay and make themselves at home. And now, 8 On Your Side uncovered training manuals on the internet. They teach how to get away with squatting.

The handbooks are brazen. A pamphlet for sale on Amazon for $61.20. An entry on Wiki-How entices tells squatters how to “take a whole house from someone if you’re willing to take the risk.”

It points out the best areas to squat and even advises to spruce up the home to throw off suspicious neighbors.

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