Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there, or intends to live there. This is sometimes known as ‘adverse possession'.
Anyone who originally enters a property with the permission of the landlord is not a squatter. For example, if you’re renting a property and fall behind with rent payments you’re not squatting if you continue to live there.
Although squatting in non-residential building or land isn’t in itself a crime, it’s a crime to damage the property.
It’s usually a crime not to leave land or property when you’re instructed to do so by property Landlord, managing agent or Solicitor.
Possession Order transfer up to High Court
Once the Possession Order has been granted by the County Court the Landlord, Managing Agent or Solicitor will be informed as to what date the Squatter(s) have to vacate the property. If the Squatter(s) fail to vacate the premises then the Possession Order will need to be transferred up to High Court via our approved agent.
Court Enforcement Specialists, on receiving the High Court Writ of Possession, can take action and Enforce the Eviction within 24 hrs as High Court Enforcement Agents.
We can provide an Enforcement Agent to re-attend the premises at a later date to arrange a supervised visit to allow the tenant to return to the property and remove the remainder of their belongings.
Our Enforcement Agent will ensure this is done to high standards ensuring that possession of the property is handed securely back to our client, transfer Possession Order to the High Court for Enforcement and offer this administration at no charge – a £66.00 court fee will be required. where we will escalate to a High Court Writ via our preferred provider.
Alternatively you can undertake this part yourself by completing Form N293A which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: