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If I come home from vacation and find squatters in my house, can I sick my Doberman on them?

Hey everyone,

I just got back from a long vacation and found my house occupied by squatters. I'm really worried about what to do in this situation. I don't want to be violent, but the squatters are illegally taking over my property. I have a Doberman at home and I was wondering if I could use him to scare them away? Is it legal to do that or do I risk getting in trouble with the law?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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qbernier

Hey there,

I had a similar experience a few years ago when I returned to my farm and found squatters illegally living in one of my properties. I was really upset and wanted to take matters into my hands. I had a German Shepherd but I decided not to use him as a weapon.

What I did was to immediately speak to the squatters and offer them a deal. I told them that I would help them find a place to live if they left my property peacefully. Initially, they were hesitant to leave but I kept pressing on and in the end, they left without any trouble.

In my experience, it's always best to try to reason with squatters first before using any force. If you can find a peaceful resolution, it's better for all parties involved. However, if the situation escalates or the squatters refuse to leave, then it might be necessary to get legal help.

Hope this helps.

rosa29

Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I personally haven't dealt with squatters before, but I have read some stories that can potentially help you.

Firstly, setting the Doberman on the squatters is not a good idea. Even though they're in your property illegally, you could still face some hefty charges. You wouldn't want to risk that. Instead, you should try talking to the squatters and offer to pay them to leave. Sometimes squatters can be reasonable, and you never know what their real motives are. Some people just need a place to stay in the meantime.

If talking doesn't work, then you might want to think about getting legal help. You can also try to negotiate with the squatters in the presence of the police. This way, you can avoid any physical confrontations.

I hope this helps.

aliya30

Hey, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It can be really stressful to come back from vacation and find out that someone else is living in your house. However, using your Doberman to scare them away should be the last resort.

You should first try negotiating with them and letting them know that they are on your property illegally. You can offer to give them a certain amount of time to find another place to live or help them find alternative housing options. If they refuse to leave, then calling the police and have them evicted may be the best course of action.

Using your Doberman to intimidate them can be dangerous for both them and your dog. If someone was to get hurt, not only will you be held responsible, but your dog may also be put down. It's important to handle these situations calmly and legally to ensure everyone's safety. Good luck!

anderson.orn

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I understand how frustrating and overwhelming it can be to return home from vacation and find squatters living in your house.

When I experienced a similar situation, I quickly realized that the best course of action was to document everything. I took photos and notes of the squatters, their belongings, and any damage they caused to my property. This information proved invaluable when I eventually took legal action.

In my case, I contacted a lawyer who helped me navigate the legal process of evicting the squatters. It took some time and was more expensive than I had hoped, but eventually, the squatters were removed, and I was able to reclaim my property.

While owning a fierce guard dog like doberman may seem like a good deterrent, it is not a recommended way to deal with this situation as there is a risk of physical injury and legal consequences. Instead, document everything, and consult a legal professional to help guide you through the process.

I hope this helps, and I wish you good luck.

kcassin

Hey there,

I had a similar experience a few years ago when I found some squatters occupying my property. I was unsure of how to handle the situation and asked around for advice. I was advised against using my dog as a weapon as it could make things worse for me legally.

Instead, what worked for me was to immediately contact the authorities and file a report. They were able to help me legally reclaim my property and evict the squatters. It took some time, but it was the safest and most effective approach.

So, I would suggest that you speak to a legal professional or contact your local law enforcement agency for guidance on how to proceed. I hope you get your property back soon.

janis64

Hey there, I had a similar situation about a year ago when I found squatters in my family's vacation home. It was a really stressful situation and I was worried about what I could do to get them out.

While I understand the temptation to use your Doberman to scare them away, I would not recommend it. If someone gets injured, even if they are trespassing, you could be held responsible for any damages. Additionally, using your dog to intimidate someone may escalate the situation even further.

Instead, I recommend contacting your local authorities and reporting the squatters. Depending on where you live, there may be laws against squatting and the authorities will have the ability to evict them legally. It's always best to handle these situations through the proper legal channels to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Good luck!

elfrieda11

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about the situation you're dealing with. It's unnerving to return home and find strangers occupying your property.

Personally, I wouldn't suggest using your doberman against the squatters. It could create legal issues for yourself, and potentially harm someone else. It's best to settle the problem through legal means.

A few years ago, I had squatters occupying one of my rental properties. Initially, I tried to communicate with them and resolve the issue peacefully, but they refused to leave. I eventually decided to contact my attorney, and we sent a notice to the squatters to vacate the property.

Luckily, they left on their own before the eviction process needed to be started formally. However, without the legal notice, there would have been no way to ensure that they weren't going to return.

In my opinion, contacting a lawyer is the most logical next step if any informal communication attempts fail. Your lawyer can help guide you through the legal process of reclaiming your property in a safe and legal way.

I wish you luck, and I hope it all works out for you.

parker.charlotte

Hello everyone,

I have never been in a situation with squatters, but my neighbor did experience something similar recently. She and her family went on vacation, and when they returned, they found a group of people they had never met living inside their house.

My neighbor's first thought was to use their dogs to chase the intruders out because they had a big Rottweiler, but they ultimately decided against it because it would have been dangerous and illegal. Instead, they called the police and filed a report. The police officers were able to evict the squatters without any physical altercation.

The important thing to remember here is to never resort to violence or any illegal action, such as unleashing your dog on someone, no matter how frustrated you may be. Calling the authorities should always be the first step.

I hope my neighbor's experience helps those in similar situations.

avonrueden

Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about the situation you're dealing with. I also had a similar experience where squatters took over my property while I was away. When I came back, I was surprised to see people living in my house.

At first, I thought about using my dog to scare them off, but that would have been dangerous for both the intruders and me. Instead, I decided to speak with them directly to understand their situation.

As it turned out, the squatters were in a financial crisis and had nowhere else to go. So I negotiated with them, and we came up with an agreement that allowed them to stay in the property for a while until they found a more permanent solution. In exchange, they agreed to pay me rent.

While I was initially frustrated with the situation, I tried to put myself in their shoes and found a solution to the problem. If you can communicate with the squatters, it's often possible to find a peaceful resolution. But if talking doesn't work, then involving the authorities may be the next best step.

I hope this helps.

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