Landlords "relieved" that squatting is a criminal offence
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Source: Ivan Radford
Landlords are "relieved" that squatting is soon to be a criminal offence in the UK.
In a statement issued by the Landlord Syndicate this week, the support centre welcomed the news that squatters will face up to a £5,000 fine and a six-month prison sentence from 1st September 2012.
One member of The Landlord Syndicate who has fought for some time to enforce this law, even supporting a campaign presented to Parliament in April 2011, is Paul Shamplina, also founder of Landlord Action.
Paul commented: "Squatting cases have been on the rise for some time now, many by organised gangs whom have travelled thousands of miles to engage in squatting knowing they will be protected by the law. It was only when some high profile cases hit the headlines that people sat up and took notice of the growing injustice on homeowners."
In light of this news, The Landlord Syndicate are warning landlords not to be complacent, "Enforcing a law does not mean that the activity of squatting will be eradicated, it just means there are tougher measures to deal with it which should prevent landlords and homeowners having to enter into lengthy and expensive legal battles" adds Paul. That means landlords still need to avoid void periods and ensure they invest in good preventative security measures.