Eviction of squatters
Rights of squatters, eviction without a court order, and the procedure for acquiring ownership of the property through adverse possession.
The definition of squatters, the lack of security of tenure and their rights under homelessness legislation.
Squatters may take action against violence or harassment they suffer but may themselves be committing a criminal offence by squatting.
Squatters can be evicted without a court order and commit a criminal offence when they refuse to leave when asked to do so.
Procedure for bringing a possession claim against trespassers (squatters), the court powers and enforcement of a warrant for possession by court bailiffs.
Procedure for getting an interim possession order (IPO), which requires the squatters to leave the premises within 24 hours of service.
Squatters may have defences allowing them to win time to find alternative accommodation or, in a small number of cases, win the possession proceedings.
Squatters may be able to acquire ownership of a property through adverse possession if they act as an owner, unchallenged over long time.