If there's no working kitchen, you can get a toaster oven, two burner hot plate, mini-fridge, and propane instant hot water heater for very little ($500 for everything). A composting toilet can be used if the septic system is not operational. It's amazing how cheap camping gear is now. The line between high-comfort car camping and off-grid living is very slim. Tape up plastic sheeting to make one room weather tight, and you can have a weather tight living arrangement with all the amenities.@Will I have a friend who lived in what most would consider a teardown with his wife. Had one working bathroom, electricity, but no or close to no working appliances. Smelled of cat urine, holes in the walls and ceilings, largely unfinished floors, just a nightmare. They slept on an inflatable mattress with dehumidifiers running and washed their dishes by spraying them with a garden hose. They did eventually fix the home and sold it for a huge profit - the wife helped a ton. I would rather do that than live near those people you mentioned, and I second @Thomas More 's advice.