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Eviction and rights of Gypsies and Travellers

This content applies to England

Eviction rules depend on whether Gypsies and Travellers are staying on their own land without planning permission, private land or a council site.

For information about residents of mobile homes such as park homes, please see the Mobiles homes section.

exclamation On 30 April 2020, the Communities Minister wrote to local authority chief executives to highlight the fact that some members of Gypsy and Traveller communities may require additional support due to being particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and to outline the steps to mitigate the risks.

See also Covid-19 and Housing for an overview of emergency measures introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Local authority duties towards homeless Gypsies and Travellers

Local authorities' duties towards homeless Gypsies and Travellers, and the legal definitions of Gypsies and Travellers. 

Eviction from council sites

The powers of local authorities to provide sites for Gypsy and Travellers, and the rights of occupiers of such sites. 

Gypsies and Travellers defences against possession

A Gypsy or Traveller might raise a public law defence against a public authority on conventional judicial review grounds or a breach of human rights. 

Eviction from land not owned by Travellers

The steps different landowners can take to try and remove travellers, including under common law trespass and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. 

Occupation rights for Travellers on their own land

Travellers using their own land as a caravan site without planning permission risk being removed from that land. 

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