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Squatting

Squatting was never far from the headlines before the law changed in September 2012 in response to public outrage at home invasions taking place while the occupants were on holiday. It is now a criminal offence to enter a residential building as a trespasser intending to live there. The offence can lead to six months in prison, a £5,000 fine, or both. Police have powers to help “displaced residential occupiers” regai
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