Squatters! Recent real life examples of how squatters can take over your property
Two recent cases in the media involving squatters have demonstrated how things can go wrong when you don’t take the proper steps to protect your property
Powell v. Thorne
McFarland v. Gertos
This case involved a NSW Property Developer (Mr Gertos) who came across a vacant and ‘abandoned’ property in Sydney in 1998. Mr Gertos changed the locks to the house and commenced repairs and renovations which cost him $35,000.00. He then rented the property. In 2014 (16 years later) Mr Gertos attended to further renovations which cost him $108,000.00.