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Residential Squatting to be Made a Criminal Offence

Property Law

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 creates a new offence of squatting in a residential building (Section 144).

The Act received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012.  There is currently no date set for when Section 144 will come in to force.

Under the act a criminal offence will be committed when 

An offence is not committed if the person is holding over after the end of a lease or license (even if they have left the property and returned).

Section 144 does not apply to commercial properties.

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Jacqueline Penfold
Jacqueline Penfold
Tina Ripley
Tina Ripley