Here’s What It Takes To Get Squatters Off Your Property

Squatters have an amazing array of rights in Mexico, although that is slowly changing. If someone moved onto a property and were not challenged by the owner, they would have increasing rights to it, the longer they stayed there.

This is why you see barb wire around what appears to be abandoned land. No land is abandoned until the taxes are not paid for several years, it just might not be currently in use. But even barb wire is not enough to insure rights to your property, you need to get those squatters off there right now, before any rights kick in.

Squatting is also a problem in rental units. It’s not unusual for people to simply stop paying rent and continuing to live there. And apparently without embarrassment. It takes a huge expensive effort to get them out.

This is why landlords would often rather rent to foreigners than their own people. And it’s not that foreigners and Mexicans have a different level of rights in this instance, its just that foreigners usually don’t behave that way and actually, courts do tend to rule in favor of a Mexican over a foreigner, even though that is illegal. 

There was a recent case in Cabo San Lucas very similar to the La Bufadora bru ha ha. This writer was there to witness it.

Hundreds of heavily armed federal police roared onto a half acre of trinket booths that had been squatting on that lot for 14 years while the owner slogged through litigation to eject them. The owner won at every level but the vendors kept appealing to stall the inevitable and hope the owner would give up. Actually, the owner did give up, but his wife was so angry over the injustice that she kept at it, driving the two hours to the capital city for every court appearance over the years.  When the vendors finally ran out of appeals and the feds stood by with their rifles drawn, a train of fancy new SUV’s roared up and well dressed obviously wealthy women jumped out to pack up the trinkets.  It turns out the 60 or so trinket booths were owned by a handful of rich women!!

And so it goes with these so called 156 vendors squatting at La Bufadora. That is the number of booths, but certainly not reflective of the number of owners. These are not all independent entrepreneurs trying to make a go of a business to feed their families.; Most of the people you see are simply employees and the people making the big bucks and backing the legal fight are well off  business owners who don’t go near the shops. This is why so much of the merchandise is the same at every booth. And make no mistake about it, there is big money in selling those trinkets. That money just doesn’t go to the sales man or woman you buy from. ,