Inside the Squalid Las Vegas Homes Invaded by Squatters

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“You don’t even know which bank or mortgage company owns them anymore”
~ Former North Las Vegas Police Chief, Joe Forti

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Garbage bags strewn across the floor, filthy empty swimming pools and a child’s abandoned bicycle: Inside the squalid Las Vegas homes invaded by squatters

  • Las Vegas squatter problem fueled by big inventory of homes abandoned by people with deep financial problems
  • Police don’t have a dedicated squatter unit, but received at least 4,458 squatter-related service calls in Las Vegas
  • Squatters sometimes create bogus leases, prompting utility officials to use paperwork traps to spot fake contracts
  • North Las Vegas police targeted squatters over four weeks and cleared more than 50 houses and made four arrests

The Las Vegas area is grappling with a squatter problem, fueled by a big inventory of empty houses abandoned by people with deep financial problems when the economy crashed.

Las Vegas police don’t have a dedicated squatter unit, but received at least 4,458 squatter-related service calls in Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County last year, more than double the tally in 2012, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

City officials recently launched a pilot program to secure abandoned houses with a sheet plastic made of polycarbonate, a supposedly unbreakable alternative to plywood.

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