Albuquerque, NM asked in Civil Litigation for New Mexico

Q: Am I at legal risk when I have been assisted and permitted to squat by employees of the property owner

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you are squatting with the permission of the property owner's employees, you may still face legal risks. The employees' authority to grant such permission could be questioned, especially if they are not the actual owners or legally authorized representatives.

The true owner could challenge your occupancy at any time. It is important to obtain explicit and documented permission from the property owner to protect yourself. Without clear authorization, you may be considered a trespasser and could be subject to eviction or legal action. Always confirm the legality of your residence and seek to regularize your living arrangements to ensure they are on a solid legal footing.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: It could depend on the actual owner's position. If permission is ambiguous and not unequivocally given, there could be the potential for an allegation of trespassing. Good luck

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