Squatting has become a huge problem in the state of Colorado over the past decade as more people from out of state go to live there as a home and end up falling on hard times and are left without shelter. There are loads of horror stories floating around about people who went on vacation for a couple of weeks and then returned back home to find that their locks had been changed and now there was someone else living in their home and refusing to allow them access. This process of taking over someone's home is known as squatting.
There's a big legal difference between squatting, trespassing, and breaking and entering. Technically, someone can break into a home and change the locks but it will still only be considered squatting by the courts as long as there is no proof of the crime of breaking and entering. This is an extreme example. What is more common is a homeowner has one of their properties rented out and the tenant either sublets the property to someone else or allows someone else to stay there for a certain period of time. The "squatter" is living there without a lease in place and then they end up refusing to leave the home.
Squatter's rights in Colorado are confusing, to say the least, but a standard eviction with a notice to quit and summons is the best way to handle this type of situation. Where most homeowners fail is they don't execute the notice to quit and summons properly down at the courthouse, and then they are left with a squatter who cannot be immediately legally evicted. It is also illegal to attempt to evict a squatter by turning off the utilities to the apartment or home because this is known as a forceful eviction.
At times it can seem like the law is actually on the side of the squatters instead of the victimized homeowners who now have to deal with this unfortunate situation. The average homeowner isn't equipped with the legal knowledge to file a summons, serve the homeowner, and execute a proper notice to quit. For this reason, squatting has become an epidemic in the state which is why more professionals are starting businesses that can help homeowners with this very problem.
One company that specializes in helping homeowners evict squatters is a local home buying company known as HBR Colorado. Basically, the company will buy a house from a local homeowner with the squatters still inside and then perform the eviction on their own time so the homeowner doesn't have to deal with any of the legal proceedings themselves. There are several reviews about HBR Colorado on the web which will provide insights into how other clients felt after doing business with them.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
HBR Colorado is a professional home buying company based in Colorado Springs, CO who buys houses with cash in one week flat all throughout the state of Colorado.
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