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Occupation and eviction rights for Gypsies and Travellers

This content applies to England

An overview of the law relating to Gypsies and Travellers.

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.

Definition of Gypsies & Travellers

The legal definitions of Gypsies and Travellers. 

Gypsies and Travellers and homelessness

Local authorities' duties towards homeless Gypsies and Travellers. 

Gypsies and Travellers defences against possession

The protection afforded to Gypsies and Travellers against possession, with particular reference to case law. 

Staying on land not owned by Travellers

How to identify who owns the land on which Travellers are parked. 

Common law trespass

The common law on trespassing. 

Occupation rights for Travellers on their own land

When Travellers use their own land as a caravan site. 

Planning law for caravans

Planning regulations and enforcement action in relation to the stationing of caravans by Gypsies and Travellers. 

Travellers and council sites

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

Local authority powers to remove campers and vehicles under Criminal Justice and Public Order Act

Local authority powers to move campers and vehicles off land under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 

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