By Anonymous - United Kingdom - Bath
Today, I learned that the house I've been living in and paying rent for the past two months was never advertised as vacant. I learned this when the actual homeowners walked in, and called the police for an "intruder." FML
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By  cordykate  |  5

*slow clap*

  Tthug  |  34

I assume OP didn't sign a lease. At least not with a bank or legitimate entity.

Just because you rent doesn't mean you have an agreement for doing so. Could just be someone they know that said hey you can live here for $600 a month, here's the keys that they somehow had.

  dragonkisses28  |  25

There is a scam where people are renting out and even selling homes that appear to be vacant. They print up fake documents and change the locks then take off with your money. Sorry, OP.

  skyeyez9  |  24

There was something about that on the news recently where a homeowner was away on vacation, and found some people living in their home. The squatters changed the locks and for some reason, some stupid legal loophole, police can't do shit about it.

  rekkas  |  16

This is actually too common. Someone knows that the family will be gone for a while and they come in and sell the house to them or something and make a bunch of money then the real homeowners come back and they get in trouble.

By  604  |  11

Seems like both parties were duped; no big deal. You'll probably have to move again though. Good luck finding a legit place to rent!

  LoganEdJ  |  11

There are actual squatting laws that if OP lived there for a good amount of time he could legally live there as the owners would have to go to a court to get him evicted. There are actual cases of that happening too.

  Just_A_Tree  |  20

#36, but that just seems like the asshole thing to do. At the very least, OP could recognize that they were scammed and not drag their heals. So yes. If the circumstances are right, OP could make it a pain in the ass for the actual owners. But then OP would have to be evicted. And nobody wants to rent to someone who was evicted.

  blackonblight  |  32

I thought squatting laws required something in terms of years of residence, not two months. My brain said 7 but that's how long before a missing person is declared legally dead isn't it?

  rc89  |  9

your close squatting laws in the uk state 8years you must live in the property that long without anyone claiming it as their own and without paying rent (as this proves its owned by someone), before you can claim it as your property.

  hard_candy  |  25

I'd get in touch with the scam artist and say I wanted to give him or her rent money in advance for the next two months, but what's really going to happen is me beatin' that ass like a hoe for every single penny!

  ImTheAlpha  |  30

I don't think every house for rent has actual owners besides a bank or something though. I could be wrong but I don't think so. EDIT: I just rhymed without meaning to. I am a poet.