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An individual who settles on the land of another person without any legal authority to do so, or without acquiring a legal title.

In the past, the term squatter specifically applied to an individual who settled on public land. Currently it is used interchangeably with intruder and trespasser.

See: habitant


see SQUAT.

SQUATTER. One who settles on the lands of others without any legal authority; this term is applied particularly to persons who settle on the public land. 3 Mart. N. S. 293.

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Emboldened by the soft treatment of squatters by the private and public sector, including the church, which even branded squatter colonies as developing communities, squatting has become a problem that needs to be addressed comprehensively at its social, economic and moral aspects.
The flow of squatter settlements favored foreshore areas along the bay, areas near waterways, especially along the Pasig River, garbage dump sights, and public right-of-ways for the transport networks as planned are common attraction sights for squatting.
While the Court did not brand the plaintiff and the defendant in Pitargue as squatters, strictly speaking, their entry into the disputed land was illegal.
A clear instance of this tension between the self-identifying political and the strategically 'non-political' squatters was manifested in the debate about the Squatter Action Council's (SAC) pamphlet, Squatting: What's it all about?
A crucial quantitative study by Fauvelle-Aymar and Segatti (2012) sheds light on squatter settlements as potential sites of such micro-politics.
In Lacson's time squatters were prevented from building shanties/lean-tos/barong-barong near the Pasig, creeks, breakwater, and Intramuros.
Deshapriya has promised some relief action to squatters of Wilpattu on 06 April at a patch of squattimg grounds, in Wilpattu.
Ad Hoc Property Management said it hopes to "deter squatters, thieves and vandals" by arranging for tenants to move into empty non-residential buildings.
SQUATTERS who have been occupying an historic Birmingham house have vowed to stay there until they are "dragged out" by council baliffs.
If the landowner starts asking questions when they don't receive a tax bill, they have a better chance of discovering the squatter.
He added that the traditional profile of a squatter no longer applied to the current movement, as most squatters were now less concerned with social or political statements, and were driven by financial need.