Squatters in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is all too familiar with the problem of squatters – in fact, they are perfectly legal.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Throughout many countries of the world, they occur primarily in urban areas where urban decay exists or in rural areas where vast amounts of land can be owned, but not fully occupied. “Squatting” is the act of moving into untenanted property without the permission of the landlord or landowner. This act is not uncommon in Costa Rica where squatters, or precaristas, are allowed to try to gain rights by dwelling only in property that is considered by law to be (1) non-maritime, (2) non-cultivated, and (3) unimproved agrarian land.

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Panama: Jailtime for Squatters

June 2013

Law 44 signed by President Martinelli establishes prison sentences of 1-3 years for the unauthorized occupation of buildings, land or constructions belonging to others.

From a press release from the Presidency of Panama:

Law 44, which amends and adds articles to the Penal Code, was sanctioned by the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

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