Draft a letter demanding that they immediately leave the house because they are trespassing. Include a printout from the tax assessor's website showing you are the owner of record and inform them that if they leased the house from someone, it was not the owner of the property and they were more than likely scammed. Include your phone number and ask that they call you to explain exactly how they think they have the right to live there.
Have a process server serve the notice to the people living at the house.
If they don't call you by the end of the next day after the process server served the trespass notice, call the police department for the city (if Henderson/North Las Vegas/Boulder City) or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department substation nearest your house and report that someone is trespassing on your property. Tell them you served them with a trespass notice yesterday (or whatever day you did) and that they haven't contacted you and you believe they are still there. Ask that they send someone there to cite the people for criminal trespass and remove them.
I suspect the officer will give them a ticket for trespass, but won't physically remove them.
If that happens, then you need to go through the summary eviction process and have them evicted. If the justice of the peace won't summarily evict them because they have a lease, or if they claim they leased it from you and provide a fake lease, you will have to file a complaint for a writ of restitution in justice court (called a 'formal eviction') and get a judge to order that they be evicted after holding a hearing. If you have to do the formal eviction you're going to want the help of an attorney. You can do the summary eviction process yourself with one of the many eviction companies on lasvegas.craigslist.com.
Feel free to contact me if you need assistance handling this.
William Devine, II
Rainey Devine, Attorneys at Law
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I suggest you short sale the home. Get with a reputable attorney and real estate company. You can also kick the squatters out immediately, which is the best thing to do as you could still be liable for any injuries or fines the city may assess. The eviction process is pretty simple and short sales are much easier now in comparison to a few years back.
You need to immediately move forward with eviction proceedings to have the squatters moved out of the house. Once they have been evicted then you should short sell the house. Las Vegas does have a growing squatter problem and it is not easy to have them removed in some instances. As long as the property remains in your name you are responsible for property taxes, sewer and in the City of Henderson there is a statute that the Owner can be responsible for the utilities if a renter does not pay them. I would suggest you contact an attorney to begin eviction and then move forward with the short sale to get the home out of your name. Before doing anything you should consult with an attorney based upon the current circumstances. We have had cases like this if you would like to contact us for a telephone consultation I would be happy to go over your options with you. Do you know if a Notice of Default has been filed yet on the property?