DID YOU KNOW?
EMPTY PROPERTIES ARE IN THE UK
Nationwide Squatter Problem
There are few major cities in Britain not currently blighted by squatters, with apparent social acceptability of occupying someone else’s vacant commercial premises and causing damage – especially if the building belongs to a large organisation! Numbers are further boosted by the influx of immigrants from other parts of Europe and the plethora of websites offering information on “vacant” sites to would-be squatters, how to go about gaining entry and claiming “squatters’ rights”, by posting a Section 5 or Section 144 Notices in windows or on the front door.
Police Hands Tied
All too often, the Police will shift the responsibility of removing the squatters claiming that it is a “civil matter”, with no proof of a crime having been committed. In fact, squatters will often have committed a number of offences, including breaking and entering and criminal damage, both of which are arrestable.
Speed & Accuracy Squatter Evictions
You need to act quickly once you discover squatters in your premises to meet Court deadlines as well as limit the damage squatters do. With the rules and timings being very strict for completing, submitting and serving papers and notices, it’s no surprise that the majority of ‘do-it-yourself’ applications fail on a technicality. However, with years of experience, up-to-date legal knowledge and meticulous detail, our Eviction Team boasts a 100% success record in regaining possession of commercial buildings within 2 weeks, saving many weeks off the usual protracted process as well as the cost of extra damage and waste that accumulates in this time
Clearing Up & Preventing a Recurrence
Once rightfully restored to you, we can advise on and assist with the clean-up operation of your property, which may include the removal of human waste or sharps and needles, whilst advising you on a range security measures you can put in place to prevent a further illegal occupation of your property.