I own a couple of legal two-family houses with tenants. The story "Squatters can bring a litany of problems" [News, March 25] struck a sour note.

Recently, one of my tenants stopped paying rent, and I went through the proper channels for eviction. However, a "friend" of the tenant refused to leave the apartment. As Newsday described, formal eviction proceedings have to begin with the tenant.

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In New York, landlords and homeowners are considered secondary citizens. The ultra-liberal laws and court system allow prolonged illegal squatting.

Other states don't tolerate this. Another problem is that utility companies don't inform the legal owner when the name on the bill changes. The situation is impossible in this state.

Richard Bollon, Oyster Bay