So you're living in a fancy house. You've got plenty of rooms, a luxurious kitchen with a well-stocked pantry, a huge garden and other neat amenities like a swimming pool and home theater. There's just one little problem...this house doesn't legally belong to you. Some houses remain unoccupied for long periods of time. Maybe the owners live in another state or even another country, maybe it's on the market for rent but hasn't found any takers, or perhaps the owner is constantly taking long-term trips. Either way, a drifter, a swindler, or someone just looking for a place to stay may decide to take up residence in said empty house. Truth in Television, but one should do this at their own risk. In the USA and many other countries, this is considered squatting and may also overlap with other criminal charges like trespassing or burglary. You also risk injurious or lethal consequences, especially in areas with castle doctrine. Compare The Thing That Would Not Leave for guests who outstay their welcome.
Examples Anime and Manga
Examples Anime and Manga
- Shouko of the Twilight is a short manga involving a vampire that moves into people's houses while they are away (thus averting Vampire Invitation), the plot kicks off when Shouko's parents abruptly decide to leave her at home while they are abroad. There is no other empty house scheduled to open up for several weeks, so the vampire has to convince Shouko not to kick him out.
- The aftermath of Batman: No Man's Land storyline dealt with this happening en masse in Gotham, where the Gothamites that stayed behind during the No Man's Land had moved into the better houses and the returning Gothamites who'd fled had to evict them - including one stay behind who was tried for murder when he shot a returnee whom he'd mistaken for a home invader.
- The third series of Runaways saw the team break into Chase's parents' old summer house in Malibu. In order to fend off any nosy neighbors, they had Xavin pose as their wealthy single dad.
- In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Kevin briefly stays in his uncle Rob's townhouse, which is vacant as he's on vacation in Paris.
- The Laurel and Hardy film "Another Fine Mess" (1930) involves Stan and Oliver running into a mansion to hide from the police. The owner of the mansion, Colonel Buckshot, has just left on a six-month hunting trip and his servants also leave on a short vacation themselves. Stan and Olly decide to stay in the mansion for awhile, but Hilarity Ensues when a wealthy couple shows up interested in renting the mansion. This was a remake of an earlier silent Laurel and Hardy short from 1927 titled "Duck Soup"; the plot was nearly identical.
- Played With in Cocoon as many of the senior citizens in the film sneak over to a nearby house for rent - but not to live there, just to use the swimming pool.
- In the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn movie Housesitter con artist Gwen moves into the house Newton made for his fiance... who jilted him, so he never goes there. She also manages to convince the neighborhood she's Newton's wife.
- Following features this as part of the big twist ending. The apartment that the burglar Cobb claims as his own, isn't—he's just squatting there while the real owner is on holiday. (When not at that apartment, he uses a condemned apartment complex, or stays at his girlfriend's place.) Not keeping any permanent residence of his own is just part of Cobb's long-term strategy to leave no trace of his existence.
- Emelius Browne in the Bedknobs and Broomsticks movie lives in a house abandoned because of an undetonated bomb in the front yard. Brown made himself at home and discovered books on magic in the library, which he used for his correspondence course.
- In the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn movie Housesitter, con artist Gwen moves into the house Newton made for his fiance... who jilted him, so he never goes there. She also manages to convince the neighborhood she's Newton's wife.
- In Revenge of the Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau is declared dead in an assassination attempt (which actually killed the hijacker who had just stolen his car). Upon returning home the next day, he finds that his manservant has turned his apartment into a brothel.
- In The Riches, the Malloy family does this as part of their Dead Person Impersonation of the Riches. The original Mr. and Mrs. Rich die in a car crash while moving to a new house in a community that they'd never visited, so the Malloys steal their identities and and move in in their place, with their new neighbours none the wiser.
- The Last Man on Earth had Phil and the other survivors move from one abandoned house to another, leaving as soon as supplies run out or something else drives them away.
- In Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the titular rats take shelter in a luxurious mansion called the Boniface Estate not long after escaping from NIMH. The owners of the mansion are wealthy newlyweds who went on a trip around the world, leaving the estate unoccupied. The rats take caution not to be discovered by the groundskeeper who maintains the lawn and garden; they hide during his visits, clean the house and haul their garbage far off into the nearby woods to avoid detection.
- The contract killer in the Dean Koontz novel The Good Guy has no home of his own, breaking into and living in other people's homes on a day to day basis.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the wizard Horace Slughorn is fond of vacationing by squatting in Muggles' houses while they're on holiday. With a Perception Filter and a few charms on the neighbours, the biggest hassle is moving in the piano.
- The Simpsons:
- When Homer pretends to be rich in order to impress the director of "Springfield Up" (a parody of Up) he moves his family into Mr. Burns' mansion while Burns is out of town.
- In "You Only Move Twice" the Simpsons move away to another town. When they come back they find that Otto has moved into their empty house along with his girlfriend.
- Former NBA basketball player Chris Gatling was arrested for squatting in someone else's house in Paradise Valley, Arizona. This house belonged to some people in California. Gatling managed to steal a key to the house, lived there for a whole year and may have actually gotten away with it - had he not tried to rent out the house through Craiglist.
- According to this article, mansion squatting is on the rise, citing incidents in Seattle, Washington and Bethesda, Maryland.
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