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Squatting is now a Criminal Offence

Mon 22 Oct 2012

Squatting is now a Criminal Offence

The old legislative framework provided two ways for people to obtain relief from squatters:


1.   Squatter possession proceedings in the local county court


2.   Arrest by Police


On 1 September 2012, new legislation provided that squatting in a residential building is a criminal offence with penalties of up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of £5,000.


For full details of the new legislation, please click here

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