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Squatters refuse to leave AirBNB rental in North Carolina: ‘If you try to enter, we will press charges’

In a recent squatter case, Airbnb guests in North Carolina put up signs indicating they intended to stay without paying the host.

Farzana Rahman says her rental income has dropped since her previous tenant became a squatter and threatened to sue her if she tried to enter her Durham property. The squatter initially rented her room from October to May, but decided to stay on when the move-out date arrived.

“We are the lawful residents of this house. If you try to enter we will sue you for invasion of privacy.”

“Right now they’re refusing to leave until they get an eviction order. I think they’re just trying to buy time to stay there for free because they haven’t paid rent,” Rahman said. He told WTVD-TV.

She said the squatters told the cleaning lady to leave.

“They opened the door and said, ‘No, we haven’t moved out yet’. She said, ‘Should I come back tomorrow?’ And they said, ‘No, don’t come back,'” Rahman added.

They claimed to be legal residents and put up signs threatening to sue the property owner.

“No Trespassing. We are the lawful residents of this home and will vacate this property once we file the proper eviction paperwork with a civil judge,” the sign read.

Video Report From WTVD He showed a hand-painted cardboard sign.

“Any attempt to trespass will be sued for invasion of privacy,” the sign concluded.

“It’s a waste of energy and stress.”

Rahman is a single mother with a college-aged son and said she relies on rental income to make ends meet.

“This is my home, so I rely on this income,” she said.

Rahman said she tried to contact Airbnb but wasn’t much help, even though another long-term stay had been booked after the previous period.

“They are messaging me to ask for help for your safety and to get any legal assistance they can to get them out,” she explained.

Rahman said he has applied to start eviction proceedings and that a court date is scheduled for Thursday.

“It’s a waste of time, a waste of energy and stressful,” she concluded.

The average AirBNB rental costs about $184 per day. according to To data aggregator AirDNA.

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