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I often wondered the amount of unoccupied properties avaliable in cities & towns with owners either passed away or moved abroad or some overseas millionniare with 100's of properties all over the place & already forgotten, anyway these in many cases may be are just wasted. There were some valid points raised to bring in a new law to give LA power to meet shortage of housing but obviously too sensible option by previous government, too busy to destroy the country & our rights!!!

Now this phenomenon is quiet interesting, bound to happen as many well some will cross the line, best part. its not against the law:

Young, urban professional seeks home vacant premises will do

As the recession bites, squatting is soaring, and those doing it are often not what you might expect. Paul Bignell and Lettice Franklin report

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The number of people living in squats in England and Wales has risen by 25 per cent in the last seven years, according to new figures. But contrary to popular belief, greater numbers of squatters are now professional, middle class and upwardly mobile.

The Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS), a voluntary group, believes there are as many as 22,000 people living in squats, up from 15,000 seven years ago. In 1995, estimates put the number at 9,500. The figures are believed to be a conservative estimate.

Experts say the increase is fuelled by an increase in rents and house prices, a decline in public housing stock and tighter restrictions on mortgages, meaning there are fewer opportunities for people to secure homes. This, together with a greater number of vacant properties as a result of repossessions or buy-to-let landlords unable to rent properties, has resulted in more squatting opportunities.

Agencies dealing with squatters are reporting increases in the number of cases they handle. Will Kahn, senior adviser at Tenant Eviction UK, said: "We have seen a rise in the cases relating to squatters in the last year or so. I would say this increase is a result of the recession, because there are more empty houses. We're dealing with seven to eight squatter cases a month. A couple of years ago, we were doing two a month, so it is a significant increase."

Squatters were typically associated with parts of London or other big cities. But many solicitors are now seeing a shift towards smaller towns and cities throughout England: "You do see it happening in towns such as Leicester, Peterborough, Norwich, and we've had a few cases in Bedford," said Gail Sykes from Buckles Solicitors. "We are seeing a different kind of squatter. You used to have a lot of travellers moving in and camping on land. We now tend to be dealing with people breaking into or obtaining access to clients' vacant properties. We've seen that change within the last 18 months."

Many organisations said they were also seeing a variety of people squatting from young professionals who want to save money to art students seeking space for their art work.

A spokesman for ASS said: "More people are thinking about squatting because of the recession. We get calls from a very wide spectrum of people. You certainly can't tell what type of person is going to end up squatting. Art students, for example, need more space than they could get by renting."

Definitive figures on numbers of squatters are hard to come by, as police and many local authorities do not keep records.

Squatting is lawful in England and Wales if entry to an empty property is not forced resulting in criminal damage. Owners of the squatted building are forced to take civil action through the courts to remove the unwanted occupants. In Scotland it is illegal to squat in a property. If someone is found to have illegally entered a property, the police will take action.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/young-urban-professional-seeks-home-ndash-vacant-premises-will-do-2058849.html

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I often wondered the amount of unoccupied properties avaliable in cities & towns with owners either passed away or moved abroad or some overseas millionniare with 100's of properties all over the place & already forgotten, anyway these in many cases may be are just wasted. There were some valid points raised to bring in a new law to give LA power to meet shortage of housing but obviously too sensible option by previous government, too busy to destroy the country & our rights!!!

Now this phenomenon is quiet interesting, bound to happen as many well some will cross the line, best part. its not against the law:

So renting is just squatting but paying for the privilege not to be molested?

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