Anyone can be a Victim of Squatters - Take Precautions!

publication date: Feb 24, 2011
author/source: Guest Article by Landlord Action

Anyone can be a Victim of Squatters - Take Precautions, says Landlord Action

In light of reports that squatters have taken over a £6million Grade I Listed mansion in London's upmarket Fitzroy Square belonging to film-maker Guy Ritchie, Paul Shamplina, Founder of eviction specialists Landlord Action, comments on this growing problem.

"Squatting cases are on the rise and this latest story demonstrates that anyone can become a victim of squatters, wealthy or not. Nowadays, squatters do a lot more research in respect to the properties they choose to squat at. They may also do searches at the land registry to see who owns them, as well as doing research as to how long they have been unoccupied for, and that it is not the owners main residence. Property owners need to be aware of the risks and take precautionary measures.

Obviously in this case, Mr Ritchie will need to issue possession proceedings against the squatters and thereafter obtain an eviction date. Another option is to possibly come to a financial agreement with the squatters to leave, saving time and legal costs. If of course, the squatters were seen breaking into the property, the police could have been called and the squatters would have been arrested and charged for breaking and entering.

The key is ensuring void periods are kept to a minimum, especially with a multimillion pound property situated in London, which is a hot spot for squatters. If this is not possible, my advice is to invest in on site security until the property is back in residence and install security doors and windows that will make entering a property more difficult. If, as in this latest case there is renovation work being carried out, ensure that the property is secured overnight and be wary as to who has access to the property."

Landlord Action
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