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Squatting will now be a criminal offence

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

Squatters’ rights will be scrapped from tomorrow, and a new law will mean those who invade private homes face six months in jail.

Until now, police could not evict squatters as soon as they moved in, so a homeowner’s main option to get them out was through a civil court order – which could be time consuming, expensive and stressful.

The introduction of the criminal offence of squatting, which carries a prison sentence, a £5,000 fine or both, follows a Government consultation last summer and means police can arrest squatters immediately.

Housing minister Grant Shapps said: ‘No longer will there be so-called "squatters’ rights".

http://www.dailymail...d-tomorrow.html

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:12 PM

good, damn hippies!

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:39 PM

If you don't want someone in your house or on your property you should be able to get them off without filing a civil suit.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

I'm surprised it's taken so long to make it illegal to be honest.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:34 PM

Oh how I laughed when I first thought this meant a different kind of squatting..... :blush:

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

View PostCoffey, on 31 August 2012 - 07:34 PM, said:

Oh how I laughed when I first thought this meant a different kind of squatting..... :blush:
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:14 PM

You have to admit this government doesn't just talk about it.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:33 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 31 August 2012 - 03:54 PM, said:

Squatters’ rights will be scrapped from tomorrow, and a new law will mean those who invade private homes face six months in jail.

Until now, police could not evict squatters as soon as they moved in, so a homeowner’s main option to get them out was through a civil court order – which could be time consuming, expensive and stressful.

The introduction of the criminal offence of squatting, which carries a prison sentence, a £5,000 fine or both, follows a Government consultation last summer and means police can arrest squatters immediately.

Housing minister Grant Shapps said: ‘No longer will there be so-called "squatters’ rights".

http://www.dailymail...d-tomorrow.html

Well at least they'll eat in prison lol.


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:36 PM

Ah, a good news item for a change. :clap:

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

About time.


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Good news.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:42 AM

The thing that this story - and most anti-squatting attitudes - overlook is that squatting has a massively positive side. Don't get me wrong, of course it's rubbish if you've scrimped and saved for your home, come back after a month away and find it occupied by a bunch of hippies. But this, in my experience, is rarely the case. 'Squatters rights' are more commonly used to claim communal ownership of council owned places that have been derelict for years. For example, in the one case I have been involved in squatting it was to take over a building which had long been promised to the community but neglected to the point of dereliction by the council. Yes, we claimed 'squatters rights', but only to open the space up to the community and raise awareness of its neglect. It's easy to believe that this new legislation is protecting innocent homeowners, but in reality it's another way for local councils to protect their own interests...


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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:05 AM

View PostSthenno, on 05 September 2012 - 12:42 AM, said:

It's easy to believe that this new legislation is protecting innocent homeowners,
That's because it is.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

View PostSthenno, on 05 September 2012 - 12:42 AM, said:

The thing that this story - and most anti-squatting attitudes - overlook is that squatting has a massively positive side. Don't get me wrong, of course it's rubbish if you've scrimped and saved for your home, come back after a month away and find it occupied by a bunch of hippies. But this, in my experience, is rarely the case. 'Squatters rights' are more commonly used to claim communal ownership of council owned places that have been derelict for years. For example, in the one case I have been involved in squatting it was to take over a building which had long been promised to the community but neglected to the point of dereliction by the council. Yes, we claimed 'squatters rights', but only to open the space up to the community and raise awareness of its neglect. It's easy to believe that this new legislation is protecting innocent homeowners, but in reality it's another way for local councils to protect their own interests...

And having said all that, if it only saves one person the misery of having their home invaded & trashed, then it is a welcome change to the law.

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