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Keep Squatters Off Your Property

January 1, 2018 1:47 pm

Squatting, or living on someone’s empty property without permission, is a growing risk for property owners. The Ministry of Justice estimates that some 20,000 people squat in unoccupied properties—up from 15,000 a decade ago. And there are nearly 1 million empty homes across the UK, over one-third of which have been vacant for more than six months, according to the charity Empty Homes. Many squatters cause damage to the homes and businesses they choose to live in. What can you to protect your property? In 2012, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act made squatting in residential properties...