By Scott Nachatilo- Property Manager
Who are Squatters?
A squatter is someone who tries to settle on a foreclosed, unoccupied, or
an un-abandoned residential building or area of land without lawful
They are not a tenants or renters.
They don’t own the property.
Difference between Trespasser and Squatter
A trespasser is someone who
enters or occupies another
person's property without their
A squatter is someone who enters
another person's land or property
without their permission and
They don’t claim ownership after
breaking into other’s property.
They are attempting to claim
ownership of the property by
occupying it without authorization.
All squatters are trespasser.
All trespasser are not squatters.
They have to evict the place
immediately after landlord demand
They will be given some time to
evict the place or filed case against
them to clear the property.
Can Holdover Tenants Be Considered as Squatters?
❖ These are the tenants who refuse to leave the property even after the
expiry of lease.
❖ The tenant is responsible for continuing to pay rent at the existing lease
rate, and with the existing lease terms.
❖ If the landlord is fine with the current tenant even after the lease period
has ended, they may continue to accept the rent without worrying about
the legality of the occupancy. In this case, the tenant becomes a ‘tenant
at will’ which means that they are only on the property at the will of the
Basic requirements for claiming property under
squatters rights in Oklahoma City
Actual possession: Being physically present and making use of the property
Hostile Claim: The legitimate owner has not granted authorization.
Open and Notorious: There has been no attempt to hide from the rightful
Exclusive Possession: A single party has held possession.
Color of Title: They have a good faith conviction that they have legal rights to
Continuous Possession Period: Possession is