Vacant House Targeted by Squatters, Scammers and Thieves | AOL Real Estate
Empty houses -- those either awaiting foreclosure or where the owners have moved out for other reasons -- might as well have a "kick me" sign on them. Actually, make that "vandalize me" sign. They are frequently the targets of squatters who move in illegally, scammers who claim they own them and rent them out to unsuspecting tenants, or just plain old garden variety thieves who break in and steal the valuables right down to the copper plumbing and refrigerator.
The foreclosure tsunami has caused many neighborhoods to collapse socially, taking down many a condo association or HOA with it. These neighborhoods are now disaster areas.