Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there, or intends to live there.
Anyone who originally enters a property with the permission of the landlord is not a squatter, eg if you’re renting a property and fall behind with rent payments you’re not squatting if you continue to live there.
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- Squatting in non-residential properties
- Squatters' rights to property
- Stop squatters legally possessing property
- Remove squatters
- Where to get help
If you suspect squatters have moved into a registered provider’s (housing association) property, contact the registered provider direct.
Squatting in residential buildings (like a house or flat) is illegal. It can lead to 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both.