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(27-09-2012 02:23 PM)ian2128038772 Wrote: Good to hear that the new law is working, but how is a normal person meant to cope when a legal expert like you had to spend so long explaining the law to the police? I don’t like the fact that the person just got off with a police caution.
In this case would a home owner guarantor for the tenants help as the tenants themselves had moved out correctly? Likewise how likely is it that vetting of the tenants would have shown anything us the guest has been invited in sometime later?
(27-09-2012 02:27 PM)midlands_landlord Wrote: Hmmm. Well done.
The Officer is allowed to make an arrest before a breach of the peace occurs is he not?
Can you get him for damage to the window?
My view on this is that since it's routine for 'squatters' to housebreak then tell a pack of lies to the police, if it is practical to do so throw the book at them :-).
(28-09-2012 07:28 AM)vanessa warwick Wrote: A 21-year-old man arrested at a flat in Pimlico, central London, has become the first person to be jailed under the government's anti-squatting legislation.
Alex Haigh, originally from Plymouth, has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to occupying a housing association flat without permission.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that Haigh was the first person to be given a custodial sentence under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which came into force on the first day of September.
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(27-09-2012 11:09 PM)manc Wrote: Thanks for bringing events on how you have been able to use the new law relating to Squatters.
On Friday we took a property back with the assistance of a Locksmith having served a section 21 on a Tenant. Thankfully they abandoned the property before the date stated on the notice.
The Landlord came to us due to the Tenant being in arrears. Sadly the Landlord did not have them credit checked and has no record of the Tenants DOB or NI number, which would be useful when trying to trace them.
It was our guidance to change all door locks and lock all locks on the windows to ensure the previous occupants or persons unknown were unable to re-enter the property without physically breaking in.