posted on Jun, 8 2016 @ 09:20 AM
In Canada, BC specifically, about the only place you could squat is a public park. You could be asked to move at any time.
If you could find a truly abandoned house, you would need to "openly and notoriously" occupy the property for twenty years before asking the courts
for the deed, and squatters don't always win. This means you can't just hide away in there, you must bring the dwelling up to code, applying for
permits where necessary, and you must pay taxes on the dwelling. Your occupation has to be exclusive. You can't make a ton of squatter friends, and
move them in while declaring yourself head squatter and King of the s@!? bucket.
Also, if at anytime during your claims process, the actual owner comes forward and states they knew you were there, and they just decided to let you
do the repairs, you are then not in "adverse possession" of the home, and your claim will be denied.
Living in a van and crapping in a bucket sounds less expensive for a guy who lives rhetorically through an Internet forum.
An example: One of the few cases of squatters rights being honoured in BC was the case of a railroad who "openly and notoriously" demolished a
decrepit home and built train tracks over it, which were then used without complaint for twenty years.