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New Laws Could Shift British Squatters

They say a man's home is his castle, but that's not the case in England where squatters desperate for digs in the midst of a housing crisis can leave property owners out in the cold.

In a recent high-profile London case, 14 squatters took up residence at a STG1 million ($A1.54 million) property, changing the locks and barring access to new owners Oliver Cockerell and his heavily pregnant wife, Kaltun, two days after they boughtthe terrace.

Despite pleas cried through the front door and offers of cash, the unauthorised residents refused to leave and British law meant police were powerless to forcibly remove them.

As fresh news emerges weekly of private properties being overrun by squatters, the British government is considering legislation outlawing the practice that is not a criminal offence in England and Wales.

"The government has become increasingly concerned about the distress and misery that squatters can cause," Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Crispin Blunt said in a Ministry of Justice paper, calling for public opinion on the matter.

"Law-abiding property owners or occupiers who work hard for a living can spend thousands of pounds evicting squatters from their properties, repairing damage and clearing up the debris they have left behind."

In the Cockerells' case, squatters moved out voluntarily after several media outlets publicised the couple's plight and the potential harm being caused to their unborn baby by the stressful situation.

"We would like to issue a public apology to Mr and Mrs Cockerell," one of the unnamed squatters told London's Evening Standard newspaper.

"We were not aware of the situation when we moved in. When we heard Mrs Cockerell was pregnant, we were all shocked. All this is not good publicity for squatters and homeless people.

"We moved in because we are desperate, we had nowhere to go. The house is fine and we wish Mrs Cockerell all the best with the baby."

But days after regaining access to their home, the Cockerells faced a new dilemma as they became legally responsible for three televisions, four mattresses and dirty clothes left by the squatters.

The Cockerells were told they would be guilty of causing criminal damage if the items were removed from the property or discarded.

While their legal woes continue, pro-squatting groups are hurrying to have their case heard before the October 5 public consultation deadline.

"The proposed legislation will have impacts on the most vulnerable people in society, will empower unscrupulous landlords and will burden the justice system, police and charities," reads the website of Squatters' Action for Secure Homes.

But the government does not accept the claim that "squatting is a reasonable recourse of the homeless resulting from social deprivation".

"There are avenues open to those who are genuinely destitute and who need shelter which do not involve occupying somebody else's property without authority," Mr Blunt said.
Options being considered by the government include creating a new offence of squatting in buildings, or strengthening the power of authorities under current laws to remove squatters.


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What a shame that the Australian government won't copy this.

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That is incredible. Here in the States we just have to call the Sheriff and they'll have them out in 30-seconds. Or a citizen can just run em out with a shotgun

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Nothing a baseball bat can't solve but the scottish know how to deal with squatters.
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Squatting is a criminal offence in Scotland, punishable by a fine or even imprisonment. The owner or lawful occupier of the property has the right to evict squatters without notice or applying to the court for an eviction order, although when evicting, they cannot do anything that would break the law, for example, use violence.

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Over here you have to go through a long and expensive court battle (if the squatters even bother to show up) and by the time you get the right to have them moved out they've trashed the place.

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Housing crisis eh? IN UK?? And why the fuck is that? Too many immigrants but that has to be kept quiet by the government. Pricks. I passed a new housing estate in West Ham, London, and it was FULL of women in burkas and men in long dress. What is wrong with this country? My neice and sister-in-law were told they'd 'never get a council house' They were BORN here FFS!!!

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We have a group home a few doors down from my house, we have Australian citizens living in their cars, we have homeless people on the Department of Housing register waiting for a home, then we have illegal immigrants leave the detention center and walk straight into public housing properties that the government pays for. When there are too many in one family to live in the PH, they're sent to live in private rental properties.
Then there are properties in the city with no one living in them because the owners are foreigners that buy the property for their occasional holiday, there are condemned buildings that are full of young squatters and junkie tribes. All this and there are caravan parks out west that are near empty because of some bullshit law that states the government can't relocate people into non permanent structures, because caravans are portable. Stupid law and the fucksticks that wrote it.

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We have a group home a few doors down from my house, we have Australian citizens living in their cars, we have homeless people on the Department of Housing register waiting for a home, then we have illegal immigrants leave the detention center and walk straight into public housing properties that the government pays for. When there are too many in one family to live in the PH, they're sent to live in private rental properties.
Then there are properties in the city with no one living in them because the owners are foreigners that buy the property for their occasional holiday, there are condemned buildings that are full of young squatters and junkie tribes. All this and there are caravan parks out west that are near empty because of some bullshit law that states the government can't relocate people into non permanent structures, because caravans are portable. Stupid law and the fucksticks that wrote it.
It's an epidemic in developed countries that's getting worse

"Fucksticks", they sure are!!!

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