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Property Owners & Landlords - A Guide to Unoccupied Properties

Posted by on October 3rd 2016 in Featured, Insurance

With an estimated 600,000 unoccupied homes in England and approximately 20,000 squatters in the UK, unlawful occupation is one of the biggest risks owners face when leaving a property empty. Other potential risks facing your property can include theft, vandalism and accidental damage. We examine some of these key risks below, and what you can do to mitigate them.
 

Unlawful Occupation

In 2012, a new law was introduced, making squatting in a residential property a criminal offence, punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to £5,000.

However, squatting in commercial properties is not a crime and...