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A Guide to Squatter Evictions in Commercial Premises

As a managing agent of commercial property you will already be aware of the difficulties that can be caused by a client’s premises being left empty.

It was estimated in February 2016 by Policy Exchange (a leading UK think tank and Educational Charity) that there are more than 500 hectares of empty or underutilised industrial land across London which is equivalent to over 750 football pitches. It is likely to be a similar picture across much of the country.

A very real threat during this time is that empty commercial premises can become occupied by squatters. Squatters often move from one industrial unit to another and can be highly organised and efficient. There are groups set up to advise squatters of their legal rights such as the Advisory Service For Squatters. Inevitably, local Police forces are stretched and will not become involved in removing squatters from commercial premises. The only safe remedy is for your client to take action in the Civil Courts. If your client is not an expert in the law then they can be frustrated in obtaining an order from the Courts which can result in increased legal costs, further loss of rental income and damage to their commercial premises.

This is where Wilson Browne Solicitors can help. We have just been awarded the title of Large Law firm of the Year by the Northamptonshire Law Society. The firm is also recognised in the Legal 500 as being a strong regional firm with a wide range of expertise. We have the connections to help you at a price that your clients will appreciate.

I instructed Wilson Browne having previously approached a number of commercial London firms. What struck me at the outset was their willingness to take some time to clarify and explain the legal process before I was being charged. Wilson Browne were instructed by me to obtain an urgent possession order in relation to land in West London that was occupied by squatters. The charging basis was clear and reasonable. They know their stuff and very efficiently and quickly obtained a possession order from the Court and at cost effective non-London rates. I would not hesitate to recommend the team to owners, landlords and agents.  Mr Chris Neighbour (London)

We are able to offer you an efficient cost effective one stop shop that can give your client access to Chambers and High Court Enforcement Officers that ensure the process is dealt with quickly and efficiently and squatters are removed and the premises are secured to prevent re-entry.

Very recently we obtained a Possession Order from a County Court in the morning and then arranged for an application to be made to High Court two hours later and obtained a Writ of Possession. This meant that the squatters were evicted from the premises shortly afterwards by High Court enforcement officers.

Testimonials can be provided on request and you can be sure that if you recommend us to your clients they will be in safe hands.

David is an Associate in our Commercial Litigation team and is a member of the Property Litigation Association. He will be happy to discuss your case with you on a confidential basis and provide expert advice as and when required.

If you wish to discuss any issues raised in this article then please do not hesitate to contact our Specialist Team