UK government to abolish squatter's rights
Much to the relief of thousands of UK property owners squatter's rights are finally coming to an end.
Kenneth Clarke, Justice Secretary is determined to rid the property market of this practice and make occupying a private property unlawfully a criminal offence.
Present laws offer virtually no protection for absentee homeowners against squatters taking up residence of empty properties and securing the property effectively locking owners out of their home. Squatting is classed as a breach of civil law which then requires a court order to remove them - this process is not only time consuming but legal bills can run into thousands of pounds.
Mr Clarke's reforms plan to eradicate 'squatters rights' and will enable the offenders to be removed within days of moving in by the authorities and will face prosecution and if found guilty could end up occupying a prison cell instead of an 'Englishman's castle'.