While the original reason for these encampments may be understandable, they can, unfortunately, result in a high incidence of in-camp drug use, crime, filth and the destruction of the property. When squatters and camp tenants vacate, they can leave behind their garbage, as well as high-risk substances, used needles and other drug paraphernalia and even human waste. Aside from being unsightly, this refuse can attract rodents and spread bacteria, as well as posing a significant health and safety hazard to people and animals living in the area.
Another unfortunate side effect of squatting and tent cities is that they can result in damage to the property itself. Inside, this means structural damage. On outside properties, this can mean a combination of structural and environmental damage, resulting in remediation that can take anywhere from months to years to address.