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Eviction of Illegal Occupiers (Squatters)

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Our legal team and enforcement agents can assist you in recovering your property

If your commercial premises or land has been entered or broken into by squatters (trespassers), our specialist team can assist you in obtaining a Possession Order using Court action.

From 1 September 2012, a new criminal offence of squatting in a residential building was introduced. The new offence does not apply to occupation of commercial premises, so it will be necessary for owners of commercial property to continue to rely on the existing civil remedies.

Under section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, it is an offence for a property owner, without lawful authority, to use force or violence to recover possession of the property. Therefore, it will generally be necessary for a property owner to issue civil proceedings against the squatters.

Why use 24 Hour Bailiffs Limited?

Our specialist team can assist a commercial landlord to draft the appropriate documentation to issue proceedings against the squatters in the County Court. Once the claim is issued, the Court will list it for an early hearing date.

A Possession Order will be granted at the hearing, unless the squatters defend the claim and prove to the Court that they have a legal interest in the land. The possession order will usually provide for immediate possession of the property.

If the squatters fail to vacate the property of their own accord, our enforcement team can transfer the matter to the High Court for enforcement, which is a quicker process than using the County Court Bailiffs. Additional permission is not required from the court to allow a High Court Enforcement Officer to undertake the eviction.

The entire process usually takes approximately 14 days (dependent on the speed of the court). Alternatively, it is possible to apply for an Interim Possession Order against the squatters, subject to compliance with certain conditions. This can be applied for at the same time as the Possession Order.

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Our enforcement agents are fully certificated

Our enforcement agents are fully certificated and have the necessary resources and manpower available to conduct the eviction of the illegal occupiers once an order for possession has been obtained. Our enforcement agents can also arrange for manned security and dog handlers to attend on the site in the event that the same is required.

Instruct us

To instruct 24 Hour Bailiffs Limited to act on any issue you may have with immediate effect, please click on the instruct us button and complete the instruction form that is relevant to the service that you require and email to us at info@24hourbailiffs.com
On immediate receipt of the completed instruction form, a member of our administrative team will confirm receipt of the instructions and allocate a dedicated member of staff to act on your case and keep you updated throughout the process.

*Please note that the Landlord Legal Assist Ltd is a paralegal law firm and not a solicitors firm regulated by the SRA and can therefore not undertake any reserved activities as per the Legal Services Act 2007.