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John Van Steenkiste, Protecting Would-Be Renters in South Florida Every Day
As summer vacationers migrate to South Florida and the summer season gets into full swing, South Florida residents and businesses are preparing for an onslaught of migrants, coming down to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sunshine.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -
Imagine arriving at a South Florida vacation home to find other people living there. The vacationer calls the police but they are unable to remove these people from the residence.
While this may sound like a nightmare scenario, it is a reality in South Florida, as private investigator John Van Steenkiste from Compass Investigations of Fort Lauderdale, knows all too well.
Not is all perfect down on the Gold Coast.
South Florida Residential squatters are a new scam occurring across South Florida. Many holiday and seasonal homes are vacant for long periods of the year, making it easy for squatters to break in, change the locks, and take residence in the temporarily unoccupied house. The same is true of foreclosed properties that stand empty for months on end. In both cases, these scammers are not simply living in the house, but using it as a source of income.
The Modus Operandi
Using burner phones and fake bank accounts, they present themselves as rental agents. They keep the utilities running, maintain the property, and rent out rooms to unsuspecting tenants.
The scam artist will usually ask for the first and last months' rent, and then sit back while the remaining rent is deposited into their account each month. When the real owners of the property arrive, or the bank finally forecloses the home, the duped tenants are obviously reluctant to leave, as they have signed a lease contract and believe that they are renting lawfully.
Not an Easy Problem to Sort Out
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for the police to remove these tenants once they've taken up residence on the property. Legal Distinctions According to Compass Investigations. There is a difference between trespassers and squatters in Florida law. A trespasser enters the property temporarily for some reason other than occupancy, like theft or vandalism, in which case the police can remove them. However, a squatter enters a property with the intent to live there, and will usually claim the right to do (as in the case of these scams, where they believe that they are legally renting the space). In this situation, the police cannot remove the squatter, as the matter is now a "civil" one the property owner must appeal to the courts to remove the illegal squatter.
Adverse possession laws can also make it difficult to remove squatters, which is why homeowners must act quickly upon discovering these unwelcome guests. It can also be incredibly embarrassing and stressful for tenants to realize that they've been taken for a ride by a scam rental agency. More often than not, the scam is no sooner discovered than the con artists have closed the bank account, dumped the burner phones, and run off with the money. This leaves both the homeowner and illegal tenant in a difficult position.
Private Detective Protects Homeowners and Tenants
John Van Steenkiste is a successful private investigator with over 35 years of experience in the field. With his team of paralegals, researchers, computer specialists, and investigators, he has worked with both private individuals and government agencies in the course of his career. John's expertise has been invaluable in protecting would-be renters in South Florida from being taken in by residential scams. He runs a background check on the potential renter or rental agency, and can pull the records for the property to help renters make sure they are dealing with a legitimate person or agency.

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John Van Steenkiste is a highly successful and highly dedicated professional currently working with the field of private investigations. He is the founder, owner and operator of Compass Investigations, a private investigations agency established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   He founded the firm in 1986 with the goal of establishing South Florida’s premier investigations agency. Today, Compass Investigations provides both private and government industries with a wide range of services. A couple of their specialties are background services and investigative fields with the unique ability to provide any client with a quality of service, results, and information that the clients are looking for. They do this on an extremely competitive basis thanks to a thoroughly efficient process and arsenal of experience. Communications are critical to this operation, and with John Van Steenkiste at the helm it is important to be thorough with clients, agencies and officials at every turn. This is a part of the efficiency puzzle. The principals at Compass Investigations possess over 80 years of combined investigative experience. That mind-blowing fact should tell the reader how unique this staff is. But that is not all. They also staff the best paralegals, investigators, computer specialists, and professional researchers in the business. The firm also belongs to a number of national and local organizations of Process Servers and have the ability to serve process throughout the United States of America. All of these tools are brought together by the unending vision and extreme efficiency that John Van Steenkiste is able to integrate in everything the team does collectively for their clients. It’s a nimble but world-class performing group of professionals driven by the goal of being the best.
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John Van Steenkiste is a highly successful and highly dedicated professional currently working with the field of private investigations. He is the founder, owner and operator of Compass Investigations, a private investigations agency established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   He founded the firm in 1986 with the goal of establishing South Florida’s premier investigations agency. Today, Compass Investigations provides both private and government industries with a wide range of services. A couple of their specialties are background services and investigative fields with the unique ability to provide any client with a quality of service, results, and information that the clients are looking for. They do this on an extremely competitive basis thanks to a thoroughly efficient process and arsenal of experience. Communications are critical to this operation, and with John Van Steenkiste at the helm it is important to be thorough with clients, agencies and officials at every turn. This is a part of the efficiency puzzle. The principals at Compass Investigations possess over 80 years of combined investigative experience. That mind-blowing fact should tell the reader how unique this staff is. But that is not all. They also staff the best paralegals, investigators, computer specialists, and professional researchers in the business. The firm also belongs to a number of national and local organizations of Process Servers and have the ability to serve process throughout the United States of America. All of these tools are brought together by the unending vision and extreme efficiency that John Van Steenkiste is able to integrate in everything the team does collectively for their clients. It’s a nimble but world-class performing group of professionals driven by the goal of being the best.
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John Van Steenkiste is the founder and operator of Compass Investigations, private investigative agency located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He founded the agency in 1986 and has run it extremely successfully ever since. The office is located in the downtown section of Fort Lauderdale Florida, and is adjacent to both the State and Federal Courthouses. The firm is staffed with the best investigators, computer specialists, paralegals, and researchers in the business. In addition to their great services, they possess a renowned database that is one of the most comprehensive of its type. It is comprised of thousands of pieces of information, including sources, and reference facilities consisting of government records, corporate filings, stockholding records, government publications, and various media releases. Compass Investigations, and John Van Steenkiste together serve the community offering services to both private and public industries, as well as governments from around the world.

John Van Steenkiste has enjoyed an immense amount of success in the realm of private investigating, and he has always paid attention to giving back. That means that when he isn’t busy working on the excellence and success his firm is known for, he enjoys giving back to his community through various philanthropic endeavors including volunteering at children’s hospitals, like the Shriners Hospital and a number of other causes that help people that are not all that fortunate.
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John Van Steenkiste is a highly successful, highly dedicated professional currently working with the field of private investigating. He is currently serving as the owner and operator of Compass Investigations, a private investigating agency established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1986. Compass Investigations is a premiere private investigative firm providing both private and government industries a wide range of services. They specialize in the background and investigative fields with the ability to provide any client with a quality of service, results, and information that the client requires at highly competitive rates. John, along with Compass Investigations, has been hired by governments, private and public industries, and private individuals for his dedication, professionalism, and experience in the realm of private investigation. Compass Investigations’ principles have over 80 years of combined investigative experience. They staff paralegals, investigators, computer specialists, and professional researchers. They also belong to national and local organizations of Process Servers and have the ability to serve process throughout the United States of America.

John Van Steenkiste is a professional. Many people claim to be private investigators with very little experience and almost no success in the field. This is clearly not the case for John and his private investigative agency, Compass Investigations. They have been hired by a number of international governments in order to solve internal matters ranging from fraud to highly illegal and anonymous activity. They have worked in the Bahamas, Mexico, and areas of South America. John Van Steenkiste is able to offer his investigative services worldwide as long as there are legitimate court documents involved in the case.
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John Van Steenkiste is the founder and operator of Compass Investigations. Compass Investigations is a private investigative agency located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He established the agency in 1986 and has run it extremely successfully ever since. Their office is located in the down town Fort Lauderdale area, adjacent to the State and Federal Courthouses. They are staffed with investigators, computer specialists, paralegals, and researchers. Their renowned databases are the most comprehensive of its type and are comprised with thousands of information, sources, and reference facilities consisting of government records, corporate filings, stockholding records, government publications, and various media releases. Compass Investigations, and John serve the community offering services to both private and public industries, as well as international governments.

John Van Steenkiste has enjoyed an immense amount of success in the realm of private investigating. However, when he isn’t furthering the success of his private investigation firm, Compass Investigations, he is spending time with his family and helping those who are much less fortunate. John has one son named Anthony, who he enjoys spending time with. They enjoy watching and playing sports together like ice hockey. Anthony has played the sport of ice hockey since he was four years old and hopes to one day play in the National Hockey League. John also enjoys giving back to his community through various philanthropic endeavors including volunteering at children’s hospitals, like the Shriners Hospital.

John Van Steenkiste is dedicated to the betterment of his community. Whether it is through his professional life or his philanthropic endeavors, he has devoted himself to bettering the environment around him.
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Private investigator John Van Steenkiste is a highly devoted professional that operates out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds over 28 years of experience working as a private investigator out of the firm he established back in 1986 called Compass Investigations. His expertise is vast, and includes such skills as advanced investigations, process serving, and conducting worldwide investigations for both private and public industries. His work has taken him to jobs where he worked for a number of international governments in order to solve highly sensitive internal matters that government officials themselves were not able to solve. He has put together a unique and dedicated stable of the best resources in the business to get his work done on such a high level. He uses high tech and high communications throughout his operations and that is coupled by the expert staff he has combined.

That staff includes computer experts, forensic specialists, paralegals, operations staff, expert professional researchers and more. He is also part of a number of organizations that exist distinctly for private investigators, including the national and local organizations of Process Servers. He has the ability through Compass Investigations to serve process throughout the United States of America. In addition to his time spent as a successful private investigator, John enjoys spending time with his family, serving the less fortunate, and being a member of the Free Masons. John Van Steenkiste is also a known supporter for a number of causes including children’s hospitals, canned food drives, feeding the homeless and more.
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John Van Steenkiste is a highly successful and highly dedicated professional currently working with the field of private investigations. He is the founder, owner and operator of Compass Investigations, a private investigations agency established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   He founded the firm in 1986 with the goal of establishing South Florida’s premier investigations agency. Today, Compass Investigations provides both private and government industries with a wide range of services. A couple of their specialties are background services and investigative fields with the unique ability to provide any client with a quality of service, results, and information that the clients are looking for. They do this on an extremely competitive basis thanks to a thoroughly efficient process and arsenal of experience. Communications are critical to this operation, and with John Van Steenkiste at the helm it is important to be thorough with clients, agencies and officials at every turn. This is a part of the efficiency puzzle. The principals at Compass Investigations possess over 80 years of combined investigative experience. That mind-blowing fact should tell the reader how unique this staff is. But that is not all. They also staff the best paralegals, investigators, computer specialists, and professional researchers in the business. The firm also belongs to a number of national and local organizations of Process Servers and have the ability to serve process throughout the United States of America. All of these tools are brought together by the unending vision and extreme efficiency that John Van Steenkiste is able to integrate in everything the team does collectively for their clients. It’s a nimble but world-class performing group of professionals driven by the goal of being the best.
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