According to the law, squatters have then achieved a "legal assumption," and the owners must go through an ordinary lawsuit to evict them. However for the court to grant the property rights to squatters, they must prove that they have been on the land "uninterrupted," "non-challenged" and "peacefully" for ten years.
- The property should not appear abandoned and signs should be posted with the owner's name.
- Hire a caretaker for the property. In some cases if has been known for the the caretaker to squat on the land that he is paid to protect. The easiest way to avoid this is to register the caretaker as an employee. This entails paying minimum wage and social security. The landowner should also demand signed receipts from the caretaker as proof of payment. Under law an employee hired to guard a property cannot become a squatter