I'm closing on a house soon, but there's a squatters situation, i don't want to miss my closing date, what should i do?

Asked over 1 year ago - Long Island City, NY

I found out in April the house that I'm in contract with and is about to close on had squatters leaving in it by the sellers agent when an appraisal was schedule on the house. the agent call the police and there were some paperwork that the squatters have sign and agreed to move out on may 15, 2013. That time has expired and they are still on the property. They saying they know their rights, and not cooperating ,i need them to move out asap so my family and i can move in before the summer is over to start school in timely manner. i just need to know what is the best way to handle this situation, i'm not trying to miss my closing date and what can the sellers do? and what will i endure if i close on the house before this situation is resolved?

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  1. Ronald Steven Nir

    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It is the responsibility of the seller & their agent to remove the squatters. If they had agreed to leave & signed papers to that effect the police should be called back in. Cintact your attorney & get him/her involved.

    The advice I have given does not bind the parties in any manner and is merely given as a courtesy.
  2. Richard J. Chertock


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . First, you should not try and buy a house without having an attorney represent you. If you already have an attorney ask him or her. If you do not, hire one immediately. Second, the contract should have a clause in it requiring that the premises be delivered to you vacant, unoccupied and broom clean. It should be the sellers responsibility to remove the squatters before closing. Again, if you are represented have your attorney review the contract for this clause. if not, get and attorney immediately and have him review the contract.

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  3. Vincent J. Gallo

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . The odds of getting the squatter out after you close and gave the Seller his or her money for the house are significantly less than they are as opposed to not closing until they are removed. Again, the Contract controls but it is unlikely that the Contract requires that you close subject to squatters.

    What will you endure if you close with squatters? Great pain.

  4. Hayley R. Greenberg

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . I am sorry to hear about your situation.

    You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful. What does your contract say? Doesn't it say they have to give you possession? They can't do that if squatters are there so what are the sellers doing to get rid of them?

    I wish you the best of luck.

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