The New Las Vegas Settlers-Squatters!
According to an article in today’s New York Times (www.nytimes.com) , Las Vegas has a problem that just isn’t talked about, at least not widely. The problem is squatters. Squatters are people who simply take over homes that are abandoned or have been foreclosed on. They live there rent and tax free until someone gets them out.
Although, a new building boom in Las Vegas is in progress, especially in the commercial sector, the effects of the 2008-09, housing collapse are still visible. If you drive through the outlaying neighborhoods of Las Vegas, you will see boarded up houses and overgrown properties. Chances are good, that there are squatters living in these houses.
According to the Times story, Even as construction cranes have returned to the Las Vegas Strip and unemployment here has fallen to single digits, the situation is getting worse: the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has received more calls about squatters each year since it began tracking the problem; there were more than 4,000 complaints last year, up 43 percent from 2014 and more than twice as many as in 2012.
The problem is far more than just homeless people taking advantage of abandoned houses. Some of these squatters have set up chop shops, sold drugs, committed burglaries and even murder. No wonder 4000 complaints were filed last year. Who wants these types of people living next door?