Tennessee Bill Protects Property Owners From Squatters

A new law passed by the General Assembly protects Tennessee property owners from squatters, which has become a hot topic of debate around the country as the practice becomes more prevalent.

“Home ownership is the American dream for many, the foundation for building wealth and raising a family,” State Representative Tim Rudd (pictured above) (R-Murfreesboro) said in a press release after the passage of HB 1259. “This is proactive legislation that protects property owners but also deters bad actors who have learned to exploit the law and terrorize homeowners. This creates a streamlined process for Tennesseans to quickly take back control over what is rightfully theirs.”

Squatting is the practice of illegally occupying land owned by another person.