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new proposed laws for squatting, a trojan horse?

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Sep 15 2011 17:15
new proposed laws for squatting, a trojan horse?

so yeah, as im sure many of you know there's a consultation period on altering the laws on squatting, til the 5th of october, which the gov hope to turn squatting from a civil dispute to an illegal offence.
however the new laws are likely to harm tenants, people back on abit of rent could be accused of squatting, travellers/gypsies and worker and student occupations, aswell as other forms of protest that 'trepass' ie camps, would be illegalised.

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Sep 15 2011 17:57

I've seen a copy of the proposal, it basically runs on the lie that it is not a criminal offence to squat someone's home. On the contrary making someone else homeless through squatting their house is a criminal act and the cops are able to kick the squatters out immediately. Cases such as the recent one where a doctor and his pregnant wife didn't get their house back for 2 weeks happen because of the police not knowing their own laws.

Not sure that people behind on the rent could be accused of squatting. Tenants have contracts so non-payment of rent will be dealt with in the contract. It would be a risk for a landlord to try and remove those behind on rent, as the contract would still exist.
I don't see how it changes the situation with occupations either, as if those incharge want the cops to kick you out they don't have to go through a court process. However 'political' squats such as social centres would have a terrible time as they can be removed before they get up and running.

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Sep 15 2011 19:17

ok, lets work on the premise that squatting is illegal, as a form as trepass.
not keeping up with payment of rent, landlord could say the inhabitants are squatting- living there without payment.
Occupations, police cannot ordinarily just break in. yes this does happen, but as seen with the student occupations this generally isn't the case- injunctions are sought to get ride of the occupiers. with the new proposed anti-squatting laws, this would most likely mean that these occupations of space are also illegal. this coupled with the dale farm eviction shows subtle alterations in property ownership, especially with more industrial unrest on the horizon. it would seem that they're prepping the battlefield, as it were.