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Georgia Man May No Longer Enter His Own House

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Paul Callins, a DeKalb, Georgia homeowner, faced a shocking situation when squatters took over his home while he was caring for his ill wife.

The squatters changed the locks and claimed the property as their own, highlighting a broader issue of squatting in the state.

Callins had poured money and effort into renovating his late father’s home, intending to rent it out. However, his plan came to a halt when he discovered squatters in the residence. Local laws have made eviction difficult, leaving him feeling helpless.

When police arrived, the squatters showed a fake lease, making the case a civil matter. This limits police action and forces homeowners like Callins to endure a lengthy eviction process, which could take up to 90 days.

DeKalb County is grappling with squatting, with around 1,200 homes affected. The current civil classification of squatting prolongs evictions and fails to protect homeowners adequately.

Georgia lawmakers are close to passing a bill that would criminalize squatting and make fake leases a felony. This change would allow police to act more decisively against squatters and better safeguard homeowners’ rights.

The ordeal of Paul Callins underscores the need for legal reform to tackle squatting issues. With community support, the proposed changes could soon offer relief to homeowners across Georgia.

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