Dealing with Squatters in Residential Properties
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Since the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Act 2012, squatting in a residential property is a criminal offence. If a person is found guilty of trespassing, they can face up to 51 weeks in prison or a maximum fine of £5000.
If you are dealing with a trespasser who refuses to leave residential premises, you are entitled to call the police, who can enter the property and arrest the trespasser.
However, the above act does not cover:
- Squatters in a commercial property.
- Tenants who remain in residential premises after their tenancy or licence is expired.
- Tenants who are in arrears with rent payments.
These must be dealt via a different route, usually involving the Court.
Samuels Solicitors, based in Devon, has a long history of helping clients deal with squatters. This includes assisting clients under the new Act, as well as helping clients deal with tenants who have not paid their rent.
Do you need help getting rid of squatters? Or a tenant who refuses to leave? If so, contact us today for a free discussion about how we can help you.