DeSantis Signs New Law Allowing Squatters to be Removed Immediately

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During a news conference held in Orlando on Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis made a significant announcement for Florida.

He declared that the state is putting an end to what he referred to as the “squatter scam.”

“The squatter scam ends today with my signature on this piece of legislation and the state of Florida will be better for it,” DeSantis remarked.

Prior to the enactment of this legislation, individuals occupying property without legal authorization were treated as tenants, necessitating a formal eviction procedure.

However, this legislation now eliminates the rights of individuals who occupy property without permission.

Bill 621 was passed by lawmakers with an overwhelming majority.

This bill grants law enforcement the authority to promptly remove squatters who do not possess a lease authorized by the property owner.

Furthermore, it imposes severe legal consequences on individuals who knowingly present fraudulent documents claiming to be legitimate lease agreements, deeds, or other legal instruments pertaining to real estate transactions.

The legislation includes provisions that forbid the listing, advertising, renting, or leasing of residential real estate.

Additionally, it establishes a severe penalty for individuals who cause significant damage to the property, amounting to $1,000 or more.

Effective as of July 1, the bill will come into force.

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