Phrogging: Everything You Need to Know

October 24, 2023

I’m Jonathan, and this is Krista. Today, we’re delving into a lesser-known but real issue landlords may face: phrogging. Unlike the playful name suggests, phrogging involves individuals secretly living within the walls, crawl spaces, or ceilings of a property without the knowledge of tenants or landlords.

Real-Life Incidences of Phrogging

Phrogging isn’t just a myth; it’s a terrifying reality for some. Cases range from intruders cooking drugs in a crawl space to individuals breaking into homes to live undetected near the occupants. These instances highlight the hidden nature of phrogging and the challenges in tracking and preventing it.

What is Phrogging?

The term “phrogging” is derived from leapfrog, representing how individuals illegally hop from one property to another, living rent-free. These individuals often seek closeness to occupants due to various reasons, including mental health issues or obsession, making it a dangerous situation.

Differences Between Phroggers and Squatters

Phroggers differ from squatters in their goals and methods. While squatters seek to claim ownership of unoccupied properties, phroggers covertly live within occupied spaces, often undetected by tenants, making the situation even more unsettling and harder to address.

Identifying and Addressing Phrogging

Tenants might notice signs like missing food or rearranged belongings, initially mistaking these for paranormal activity. Landlords are encouraged to investigate such reports seriously, checking for gas leaks or using security cameras to uncover the truth. Professional intervention is crucial in these scenarios.

Preventive Measures for Landlords

Preventing phrogging begins with regular inspections and clear lease agreements outlining guest policies. Educating tenants about reporting suspicious activities can also help. However, due to the stealthy nature of phrogging, landlords must remain vigilant and ready to act swiftly.


While phrogging is less common than squatting, awareness and preparedness are key to protecting your property and tenants. Regular communication, inspections, and legal knowledge can aid in preventing this unusual but real threat.


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