In My House!

What if you come home and find strangers living in your house?

I assumed you order the squatters out, and if they resist, call the police, and they will kick them out.


Pro-tenant laws passed by anti-capitalist politicians now protect squatters. If a squatter just lies about having a lease, the police won’t intervene.

“It’s a civil matter,” they’ll say. “Sort it out in court.”

Great. Court might cost $20,000. Or more. And courts are so slow, eviction might take years.

In my state, New York, homeowners can’t even shut of utilities to try to get the squatter out. That’s illegal. Worse, once a squatter has been there 30 days, they are legally considered a tenant.

This month, NYC police arrested a homeowner for “unlawful eviction” after she changed locks, trying to get rid a squatter.

“Squatter rights,” also known as “adverse possession” laws, now exist in all 50 states. As a result, evicting a squatter legally is so expensive and cumbersome that some people simply walk away from their homes!

Flash Shelton may have a better idea.

His mom wanted to sell their house after his dad died. But while they were selling it, squatters moved in.

Shelton did what I would have done — called the police. But the police said there was nothing they could do.

So he tried a new tactic: out-squat the squatter.

“I just felt, if they can take a house, I can take a house,” Shelton says in my new video. “I could go in as the squatter myself, (and) gain possession of the property.”

When the home invader left for a few hours, Shelton went in and changed the locks. Only then did the squatters leave.

Now Shelton’s started a business,, where he tries to help others get their houses back.

“People think of squatters as homeless, destitute,” I say.

“They are not homeless,” answers Shelton. “They’re criminals … people taking advantage of the system.

In fact, one squatter he pushed out was Adam Fleischman, who started the Umami Burger restaurant chain. Fleischman told Shelton, “I’m a victim here.” He even called the cops.

“He felt that since he had possession of the house,” says Shelton, “That he had the right to call law enforcement and have me removed.”

I tried to reach Fleischman to hear his side of the story. No luck.

“Where does he hear that he has this right to squat?” I ask Shelton.

“The city was telling him this,” says Shelton.

But now Shelton was a squatter, too, so he was protected by the same pro-“tenant” law.

Still, only when Shelton threatened to bring friends to the house as backup did Adam Fleischman leave.

In Los Angeles, a woman claimed to be a “caretaker” for an elderly homeowner, who said she didn’t want the woman in her home. So, she gave Shelton a lease. While the squatter was out, Shelton changed the locks.

“But the squatter is still there?” I ask Shelton.

“Still there,” he says, “Climbing through the window because she doesn’t have access to the main house.”

She’s now been there for two years!

Shelton says his team will move in and get rid of the squatter.

“How do you know that will work?” I ask.

“Because once I take possession,” says Shelton, “Then she’ll have to fight in court to try to get back in. Most likely she won’t do that.”

Why do squatters feel entitled to other people’s property?

Probably because people hate landlords. They listen to silly people like Marxist New School professor Miguel Robles-Duran, who calls landlords “parasites” who “provide no social value.” Popular TikTok socialist Madeline Pendleton adds that landlords have “guaranteed forever incomes, without having to put in any labor.”

No labor? Who does she think buys the land; pays lawyers to decipher the excessive regulations; hires architects, carpenters, plumbers and electricians; pays the taxes; manages the property, etc.?

It’s infuriating!

I’m glad people like Flash Shelton fight back.

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

5 thoughts on “In My House!

  1. That’s why we live in Florida , because our Governor has a set of balls !!!

    Under the law, a property owner can request law enforcement to immediately remove a squatter if the person has unlawfully entered, has refused to leave after being told by the homeowner to do so and is not a current or former tenant in a legal dispute.

    Just signed in to law.👏👏👏

  2. I have experienced a few entitled tenants over the years. They can be as frustrating and destructive as a squatter.
    Most landlords invest in rental property with the same idea as those who invest in stocks or bonds. The only difference is that it often requires more upkeep and personal involvement.
    Squatters and disruptive tenants are the equivalent of thieves.
    Irresponsibility can border on being criminal in its results.

  3. Greg Foley.. yes!!! Our great Governor DeSantis.. you know the gentleman ..Governor.. who stood up to Faucci .. well he did just pass a bill that squatters have no right to squat in your home. I guess you were asleep at the wheel when this was announced. And our Sheriffs.. especially Sheriff Grady Judd down in Polk County.. well they don’t tolerate this or any crime for that matter. That’s why everyone is moving to the great state of Florida. Go and watch the music 🎶 video Sweet Florida by the Van Zant Brothers.. and you’ll see why everyone Loves our great Governor DeSantis ..who has the balls to stand up and fight for his constituents.

  4. The women in NY was arrested for changing the locks. It is insane, squatters should no rights it’s crim nal trespass. NY is looking at changing the law to 45 days which is still ridiculous. At no point does a squatter who criminally trespassed become a tenant.

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