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The rights of squatters. The definition of a squatter and how squatters can be evicted, with or without a court order. The defences that may be available to squatters, and how squatters may be able to acquire ownership of property through adverse possession.

Definition of a squatter

The distinction between squatters (or 'trespassers') and former licensees. 

Rights of squatters

The security of tenure of squatters, and their rights under homelessness legislation. 

Criminal offences and squatting

The situations where a squatter may be committing a criminal offence. Situations where a squatter may be able to take action to tackle violence or harassment s/he has suffered. 

Court action against squatters

This section explores court action against trespassers under Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules. 

Defences in court action

This section describes the defences a squatter may use when court action is being taken against them. 

Agreements between landlords and squatters

This section explains how the squatter and the landlord may be able to reach an agreement. 

Interim possession orders

This section explains how an interim possession order (IPO) can be used to evict a squatter and the penalties involved if a squatter remains or returns after an IPO. 

Court costs

This section explains how a squatter may be liable for court costs. 

Eviction without a court order

How a squatter can be evicted without a court order. The status of displaced residential occupiers and protected intending occupiers and the penalties for refusing to leave when asked to do so by them. 

Adverse possession

How a squatter may be able to acquire ownership of a property through adverse possession. 

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