Finding out that squatters are occupying your property is never an ideal situation for landlords or property owners. It can even be a distressing experience. One concern for landlords who discover squatters on their premises is whether they have a legal right to be there, and what that means in regards to evicting them. What […]
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Evicting Squatters legally in the UK
As a landlord, one of the things that will always be on your mind is the problem of squatters. Having squatters move in then legally dealing with evicting them is a time consuming, stressful and potentially costly endeavour but often the only way to re-take your property. But ensuring everything is done correctly is very […]
How to deal with Political Squatters in Bristol
You are possibly aware that Bristol has become the hub of anti-establishment squatter action in recent months. This means that squatters are becoming more active when it comes to refusing to leave when there is a court order in place, along with defending the eviction by taking to the roof, and by welding doors shut, […]
Prevent squatters from staying in your commercial property
There are countless examples of it – a business shuts down and within days, squatters have moved in. Or a business is closed for refurbishment and while the project is taking place, people move in and start to use it for some illegal purpose. ‘Squatters rights’ – the reality Squatters are often the nightmare of […]
Can squatters be arrested?
A squatter is an occupant of a building or land that is not being used, and who has no legal claim to the property and no prior permission to use the property. It is often the case that squatters claim a right to occupy a building or land based on Section 6 of the Criminal […]
Is CRAR more advantageous than forfeiture?
Even though most commercial leases end as they should, there are times when things don’t go according to plan and you may need to regain control of your property. If tenants fail to pay their rent, commercial landlords are often faced with the question of applying CRAR or forfeiture when it comes to regaining control […]
Post holiday squatters – What are your rights?
The holiday season is a prime one for squatters to occupy commercial buildings without permission, given that the owners are likely to be away for extended periods of time. If you find yourself in the position to have to deal with post-holiday squatters, here is a quick overview of your rights. Getting the police involved […]
Do you need the police to evict squatters?
Dealing with squatters as a property owner is never easy, but it’s important to follow the legal route to make sure the eviction process is done properly. Whilst the police should be informed in relation to commercial property, they will see it as a civil matter, whereas squatters in a residential property can be evicted […]
Can I claim for damage to property caused by squatters?
Squatting is defined by law as someone entering a property without the permission of the legal owner with the intention to live there. Also known as “adverse possession,” squatting is something that many landlords with empty properties are afraid of, and it can lead to difficulties when it comes to claiming for damage caused by […]
3 methods of removing commercial squatters
Due to legislation changes that took place in 2012, squatters have been displaced from residential to commercial property. As such, squatting has become a real issue for property managers, who need to make sure that they remove any squatters promptly and re-secure the property to prevent them from returning. (more…)