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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, April 16, 2006. DEAR BOB: We recently purchased a beautiful waterfront home in the state of Washington. This will become our retirement home in three years, but we are reluctant to rent this home and are leaning towards having a housesitter live in it until we move in. This individual is highly recommended by our new neighbors. However, I read somewhere if we allow an individual to house-sit, we are granting "squatter's rights." Is that correct? This individual would not pay rent but will pay the monthly expenses. --Jeanine W. DEAR JEANINE: "Squatter's rights" (legally called a "tenancy-at-sufferance") refers to occupancy without the owner's permissi...