Campaign to outlaw problem squatters

Commercial property litigation expert Danny Revitt, who is a partner at Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office,
Commercial property litigation expert Danny Revitt, who is a partner at Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office,
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A Sheffield lawyer is urging anyone whose premises have been invaded by squatters to make their feelings know to the Ministry of Justice.

Commercial property litigation expert Danny Revitt, who is a partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, says the Ministry is consulting on options for dealing with squatting, including the possibility of making squatting a criminal offence, removing ‘squatters’ rights’ and improving protection for commercial property owners.

He said: “We have recently acted for clients in cases involving the occupation of development sites, empty shop premises and even the occupation of the car park of trading premises.

“In every case, the owner or tenant has to bear the cost of not only obtaining possession but also the cost of any utilities used by the squatters, as well as the clean-up costs and the cost of securing the premises.

“We encourage anyone who has been affected by such issues in the past to respond to the consultation to give the government an idea of the cost and frequency of such incidents.”