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2013 House Bill 5070: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”

Public Act 224 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013 To authorize up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence with a market value of at least $100,000. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who has not “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner's consent for an agreed-upon consideration,” and not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 8, 2013
Reported in the House on October 30, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on November 13, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013
Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 14, 2013 To authorize up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence with a market value of at least $100,000. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who has not “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner's consent for an agreed-upon consideration,” and not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.
Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2013
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on June 11, 2014 (same description)
To authorize up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence with a market value of at least $100,000. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who has not “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner's consent for an agreed-upon consideration,” and not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.
Received in the House on June 12, 2014
Passed 94 to 16 in the House on June 12, 2014 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2014

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