The Criminalisation of Squatting

Background

The law making squatting in residential property a criminal offence came into effect on 1st September 2012, resulting from an EDM in March of the same year sponsored by Hove MP Mike Weatherly; it was supported by Grant Shapps, and rather disappointedly, Kenneth Clarke, amongst others.

Extract from comment in the Guardian…

“From Saturday, a massively unjust, unnecessary and unaffordable new law will come into force in England and Wales. In the middle of one of the worst housing crises this country has ever seen, up to 50,000 squatters who are currently squatting in empty properties across the UK face becoming criminals, and this because they are occupying abandoned residential properties to put a roof over their heads.” (Guardian, 31st August 2012)

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The Labour Party policy ‘teaser’ on the private rental sector

 

The current Labour Party policy on meeting the challenges and problems presented by the growing private rental market contains an over emphasis on rent caps with little mention of the importance of introducing a tax framework that will incentivise sound management of private rental units. Continue reading