LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Squatters are always a nuisance and sometimes, significantly more destructive and dangerous. Now, area authorities say illegal occupants are upping the ante recently, getting utilities turned on in homes that are supposed to be vacant.

In February, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani asked staffers to compile information on how utilities are verifying who is authorized to able to start new accounts for electricity, gas, water and cable.

The commissioner recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that “nobody really verifies anything.”

Utilities currently require a resident’s name, birth date and Social Security number. However, Giunchigliani said that most don’t require customers to prove they’re the actual homeowners or renters.

Some squatters have found other ways to get essential services by stealing water from neighbors, running extension cords or jumper cables from other homes and using backyards as a bathroom.



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