Partner Ed Cracknell has responded to a reader’s question in The Sunday Times’ Home Help feature on squatter eviction. Ed explores the legal options, guiding property owners through the challenging process of obtaining a court order and suggests involving the High Court for a quicker enforcement while emphasising the need to secure the property post-eviction.
If the building is residential, the squatters may be committing a criminal offence. It is an offence to reside in a residential building having knowingly entered it as a trespasser. For these purposes, a residential building is one that has been designed or adapted for living in. It may be that the police will carry out arrests, which will then enable you to quickly take back possession of the property."
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