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New Florida Squatters Law Effective July 1, 2024

Alex Zweydoff - Friday, June 28, 2024

New Florida Squatters Law Effective July 1, 2024


Property owners in Florida have faced significant challenges with squatters unlawfully occupying their properties. To address these issues, the Florida state legislature proposed a bill during the 2024 legislative session to provide relief and clearer guidelines for property owners. The bill passed in the house and senate without opposition.Here’s what you need to know about the new squatters bill in Florida and how it impacts property management in Florida.


Overview of the New Squatters Bill

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 621, the new squatters bill into law on March 27, 2024. The bill aims to help property owners by streamlining the process of removing squatters and protecting private property rights. The new law is effective on Monday July 1st, 2024 in the State of Florida.

Key Provisions of HB 621:

  • HB 621 fast-track’s the process for evicting squatters. Property owners can file for an emergency court hearing, significantly reducing the time required to remove squatters.
  • Squatters found guilty of unlawful occupation face stricter penalties, including hefty fines or jail time. Serving as a strong deterrent against squatting.
  • The new squatter law defines squatting clearly, making a distinction between illegal occupation and disputes between tenants and landlords. This ensures that we apply the law fairly.

Property owners have stronger rights to get their property back quickly after removing a squatter, without long legal fights.


Impact on Property Owners
The new squatters bill is a significant advancement for property owners in Florida. Here’s how it benefits you:

  1. The expedited eviction process minimizes financial losses from unpaid rent and property damage caused by squatters.
  2. Enhanced penalties act as a deterrent, helping to keep your property secure from unlawful occupation.
  3. Knowing what squatting is and having stronger rights as an owner can help property owners feel more confident and informed.

Robust legal protections provide peace of mind, allowing property owners to focus on effective property management.

How Allegiant Management Group Can Help
At Allegiant Management Group, we are committed to providing top-notch property management services that ensure your property is well-protected and efficiently managed. Here’s how we can assist you in light of the new squatters bill:

  • Our experienced team can connect you with landlord-tenant attorneys who will guide you through the legal processes involved in evicting squatters, ensuring compliance with Florida law on squatters rights.
  • We offer regular property inspections and vacant home management to identify and address any potential squatting issues promptly.
  • Our comprehensive tenant screening process helps prevent squatting by ensuring that only reliable and trustworthy tenants occupy your property.

We provide round-the-clock support for all your property management needs, including handling emergencies related to unlawful occupation.


Understanding Squatters Rights in Florida
Understanding squatters rights in Florida is crucial for property owners. The new law clarifies and strengthens the current laws surrounding squatting, offering clearer guidelines for property owners and law enforcement. Squatters rights in Florida have been complex, but the new legislation simplifies the process and provides robust protection for property owners.


Conclusion 
The new squatters bill in Florida offers significant benefits to property owners, providing improved protection and a quicker process for handling squatters. At Allegiant Management Group, we help you navigate these changes and ensure your property remains safe and well-maintained. Stay informed, stay protected, and experience the peace of mind that comes with professional state property management.


Contact us today for assistance with property management or questions about the new squatters bill. We are here to support you and address any concerns you may have.