Law Firm Evicting Squatters From Commercial Property
Christopher Bartlett is a commercial property solicitor. His experience of commercial property means he knows how to repossess properties quickly and understands the pressures faced by commercial property landlords.
Is It A Criminal Offence For Squatters To Enter A Commercial Property?
No. Since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into full force on September 1st 2012, residential squatting has become a criminal offence, meaning that squatters may be arrested and punished by a substantial fine and / or prison sentence. The new law does not however apply to commercial properties, meaning that squatting at such premises remains a civil offence. Does a landlord need to obtain a court order to evict squatters from commercial property? Yes, and this has created a clear incentive for squatters to seek out commercial properties in preference to the risk of getting arrested for occupying a residential property.
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