Vacant commercial properties act like a magnet to squatters, especially after changes to the laws affecting residential squatters in 2012. Squatters can attack any empty property and can often pose some real challenges for the land owners or property manager. They take up residence without any authority, and squatter eviction is not always straightforward. The key to successful squatter eviction is to act quickly, however there are defined procedures in place that must be followed in order to achieve successful squatter eviction. The procedures are often complex and many ‘do it yourself’ squatter eviction applications fail on some technicality or other.
It is always recommended that you use a specialist, professional vacant property security company with experience in squatter eviction. These companies have years of experience, possess the required up to date legal knowledge and know every detail to ensure that, with the help of their civil enforcement teams, they will achieve 100% success in regaining possession of your asset for you within a short space of time.
One of the biggest challenges with squatter eviction is cleaning up and making safe the property post eviction. Specialist vacant property security companies can help in all aspects of waste clearance including hazardous waste removal, combustible waste removal, general waste clearance and even green space management. Most vacant property security specialists are licensed waste carriers and are able to dispose of hazardous and human waste in accordance with current environmental legislation in a speedy, efficient and hygienic manner.
Having evicted the offending squatters and restored the property to an environmentally safe level, these vacant property security companies can also offer advice on how to avoid any squatter re-occupation in the future.
Many vacant property protection services are available including physical security measures such as the fitting of steel security doors, security windows, boarding up services, concrete barriers and security fencing.
Electronic security measures are also available including vacant property alarm hire, CCTV services, access control and covert surveillance services.
With larger commercial premises a physical deterrent such as the employment of licensed security guards, security dog handlers or mobile patrols can be very effective. Manned security guard services provide you with the flexibility to meet each property’s requirements within your budget. Only the highest calibre of uniformed professionals, all SIA licensed and DBS checked, will be employed to protect your assets. Static on-site security guards can be used to protect your premises against theft; and they can also control access to the property by any visitors or contractors who may legitimately require entry to the property.