I’ve heard dozens of stories that go something like this:
Family buys home or rents apartment. Before they can officially move in, somebody rolls in with a sleeping bag and claims “squatters rights”. It takes months/years to evict them and costs thousands of dollars.
How is this legal? The squatter isn’t on the lease or deed to the home. They’re trespassing – why do they get any rights at all? Shouldn’t the police show up within hours to throw their ass out?