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Squatter Possession Claims

Squatting occurs when a person (the “squatter”) knowingly enters a building as a trespasser with the intention of living there.

How can we help?

Since 1 October 2012 squatting in a residential property has been a criminal offence in England and Wales and can lead to 6 months in prison or a fine of £5,000 or both. The police should simply remove squatters from a residential property so long as they have been notified them as soon as the squatters have been discovered.

Squatting in a non-residential property is not a criminal offence and you should not attempt to try and remove them yourself, but possession proceedings should be commenced as soon as possible. The Court can in theory list the matter for a hearing within 48 hours and once the possession order has been obtained the local county court bailiffs or a High Court Enforcement Officer can be instructed and remove them.

It is important to move quickly whether or not the property is residential or commercial property. At Hanne & Co we have experience of dealing with possession claims against squatters and can act quickly to recover your property. Please contact Victoria Copeland to discuss.

Our services include:

Your key contacts:
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Victoria Copeman
Partner Head of Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution 

Tel:02072280017

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Kate Kenneally
Associate Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tel:02072280017

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Abeer Sharma
Associate Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tel:02072280017

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Jack Glover
Solicitor Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tel:02072280017

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Julia Norris
Trainee Solicitor Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tel:02072280017

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