Squatting in residential property – a criminal offence

Following a previous article by Jean Parkinson published in the Solicitors Journal which outlined the proposals to crackdown upon residential squatters, the bill has now been passed.

As of 1 September 2012 it will become a criminal offence to squat in a residential property, whether it is vacant or not, with those found guilty at risk of a maximum six month term of imprisonment, a fine of £5,000, or both.

Whilst many will argue that it places pressure and further stigma upon those who might be vulnerable and in need, the rights of homeowners have firmly been placed to the fore in providing them with a better set of armoury with which to protect their properties.

If you require further information or advice on any issues raised in this article please contact Jean Parkinson on 020 7421 1720 or jparkinson@steeleslaw.co.uk

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