With recent reports of Squatters occupying more and more “high profile” properties, Squatters are becoming more of a concern to our landlords.
High profile victims of squatters are film director Guy Ritchie, businessman John Hamilton-Brown and even David Blunkett.
In fact just recently, an £11 million mansion owned by Saif Gaddafi, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, was entered and occupied by serial squatters calling themselves ‘Topple the Tyrants’.
What is more worrying is the fact that under the Freedom of Information Act, some Squatters are able to get hold of details of vacant properties.
Here at Landlord Support Services, we have seen an increase in the amount of Squatters cases that we deal with.
As the Squatting trend increases, Landlords need to be more vigilant and prevent entry in the first place. Properties need to be made secure and void periods need to be kept to a minimum. Security doors and windows should always be installed and if any works are being undertaken at the property that it is kept secured overnight.
Always bear in mind that if Squatters force entry to the property then this becomes a criminal matter and the police can get involved straight away.
There have been recent articles about Squatting becoming a criminal offence http://www.economicvoice.com/squatting-to-become-a-criminal-offence/50017424#ixzz1JOc21Xgw but for now it looks like it is staying a civil matter.
If there was no forced entry then the Landlord will need to issue possession proceedings and obtain an eviction date.