Who’s been sleeping in my bed? — residential squatting
An Englishman’s home is his castle except, of course, when it isn’t. And the old adage is never less true than when someone else is living there uninvited.
A squatter’s life isn’t all bad. If you can move into someone’s empty property, treat it as your own and stay there for more than 10 years, there’s a fair chance you’ll be able to keep it if you trigger the requisite two-year application period and pursue the application successfully.
On the other hand, you do run the risk of becoming a criminal by virtue of a law that has now been around for getting on for two years. This law criminalises residential squatting and targets anyone who has knowingly entered and occupied a residential building as a trespasser, intending to stay there…
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