My wife is an assistant manager at an "affordable housing" complex (places that are not designated as such apparently admitting they are unaffordable, but that's a snide side note).
A tenant recently allowed someone to move into his apartment as his caregiver.
This woman then invited a man to move into her room with her, and they changed the lock on their bedroom door so the tenant cannot enter their room. The tenant wants them gone, and so does management. When they refused to leave, the police were called (this is in northern California, Monterey Bay area)
The police say they can do nothing, as these people are squatters and must be given an official eviction notice before they can be forced to vacate the premises, and even then only after 30 days have elapsed.
This seems crazy to me. Isn't what they are doing trespassing—at least on the part of the man? Could a burglar enter your home while you're gone, take over one of your rooms, and then be deemed a squatter? I don't see how this situation is much different.
The police, when called, who came when the couple were out, found drug paraphernalia in their room, but as they cannot prove it belongs to the couple, said they could do nothing about that, either.
Now they have even added another man to their room, so the tenant (who is handicapped—that's why he needed a live-in caretaker) now has two men and a woman living in his apartment who he doesn't want there. Can it really be so that he is legally bound to allow these strangers to share his apartment with him because of a technicality that classifies them as "squatters"?
Say it ain't so!