In the past week, the property litigation team at Pinney Talfourd have been instructed by two clients whose commercial premises have been squatted.
Damian Pitts and Stephen Eccles have recently been instructed by two clients to recover land from squatters or unlawful occupiers. In each case, we gave urgent advice and had the technical competence and resources to immediately institute possession proceedings in Romford County Court, to obtain summary Possession Orders.
The law requires that in respect of commercial premises a Court Order be obtained. Within 24 hours we were able to obtain all necessary information, attend the Court and issue the proceedings, obtaining a hearing date. Our trusted agents were then able to personally serve the squatters.
Case One - A Court Order
In the first case, the squatters left voluntarily on service of the Court Order and our client has now physically barred entry to the premises with concrete blocks.
Case Two - Calling in the Sheriffs
In the second case, the squatters (who were occupying premises in Central Romford), did not vacate voluntarily and Sheriffs were instructed to obtain possession.
Swift action is needed if you have squatters
Often squatters once evicted find new premises to squat. Landlords should physically secure any vacant properties they own, as there is clearly a local problem with squatters at present. Reports of more squatters have already been made.
If you, or anyone you know, have commercial premises which are squatted, we can provide immediate remedy saving you stress and money.
Please contact our Commercial Property Litigation team
for more information on 01708 229444.
This article was written by Stephen Eccles, Head of our Dispute Resolution Department at Pinney Talfourd Solicitors. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as at March 2016.
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