Squatting is when someone enters and occupies an empty or abandoned property that they don’t own or rent, without the owner’s permission.
Empty properties belonging to registered providers are usually awaiting repair, redecoration or re-letting and we are keen to ensure they stay empty so that someone on the waiting list has the opportunity to find a home.
The laws on squatting are quite complex and the registered provider cannot simply evict a person who is squatting.
However, if any tenant becomes aware of squatters in a property that they know should be vacant, perhaps one tenant has moved out and another has not yet moved in, advise the registered provider as soon as possible so that they can commence the action. This applies generally to unknown and suspicious occupants. Registered provider's cannot be expected to know what is happening in all the properties that they own and they greatly appreciate the information received from tenants.
If you see anyone suspicious or who appears to be squatting in a property please use the contact your registered provider so that they can resolve the matter quickly. Any contact will be strictly confidential.
Squatters in Your Property
For more information on squatting and the law and how to get squatters out of your home or other residential buildings visit the GOV.UK: Squatting and the law website.
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