occupation of an abandoned or unoccupied area of land or a building

Squatting is when someone starts living on empty land or in an empty building (usually a residential building) which the squatter does not own, rent or have permission to use. Author Robert Neuwirth suggested in 2004 that there were one billion squatters in the world.

Most squatting is residential. Squatting usually happens when a poor and homeless population sees old property or land.[1]

By CountryEdit

United StatesEdit

In the United States, squatting laws are different from state to state and city to city. For the most part, it is not tolerated for long, especially in cities.[2]

Community organizations have helped the homeless to take over empty buildings. It is done not only to change the building to be a place to live but also a part of bigger campaign to let people know about inequality in housing. They also do it to help get change in housing and land issues.[3]


  1. Peñalver, Eduardo M. (March 25, 2009). "Homesteaders in the Hood". Slate Magazine.
  2. Romero, Roberta (2008-09-26), City moves to evict homeless campers, KING 5 TV, archived from the original on 2008-09-27, retrieved 2008-09-26
  3. Amy Starecheski (2016). Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226400006.

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