Bill Filed In Austin Would Keep Squatters Out Of Homes

DALLAS (March 4, 2013)--A bill filed in the Texas Senate aims to stop squatters from using an obscure law to move into vacant or foreclosed homes.

The bill would require prospective squatters to provide written notice to anyone who has a claim on a property they're targeting under the "adverse possession" law.

Without proof of notification, county clerks would then reject paperwork filed by squatters trying to lay claim to vacated property.

While the proposed legislation wouldn't outlaw adverse possession, it stipulates that an affidavit of adverse possession is not a property title.

Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess, who asked state Sen. Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, to sponsor the legislation, says it will help prevent misuse of the law.

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