Just a reminder to all that from tomorrow squatting will become a criminal offence under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. This Act applies to residential property only. It applies to someone who has entered a residential building as a trespasser, and not to a person holding over after the end of a lease or licence (even if the person leaves and re-enters the building). If you believe your property contains squatters you should contact the police who have the powers to arrest anyone committing an offence.
It is yet to be seen how individual police forces apply this law but it is understood that the Metropolitan Police are briefed and ready to take action. We will in due course be posting a more in depth article but for further advice please contact us.