Regaining possession of commercial property

By Natalie Aldread

When trespassers occupy commercial property, landlords often face an uphill struggle to regain possession and can be faced with a host of associated costs.

This guide highlights the steps involved, explains some of the pitfalls and suggests some practical considerations.

The first port of call is likely to be the authorities. While such action is highly recommended, it can prove to be unfruitful. Police are often reluctant to become involved in a situation where a trespasser does not pose a clear threat to person or property. A landlord may consider appointing bailiffs to enforce eviction. This can be one of the fastest and cheapest methods to evict trespassers but, in the absence of a court order, ‘sophisticated’ trespassers are often aware of bailiffs’ limited powers…

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