Charities fear end of 'squatters' rights' could lead to big rise in homelessness
Owen BowcottAlan, an art teacher in his late 40s, began squatting a few months ago when his marriage broke down. He enquired about social housing, but was told none was available. "I was born in London and have lived here all my life but it seems I'm expected to go somewhere else where I know nobody," he says. "Is that what the big society is all about?"
His timing could not have been worse. From Saturday Alan and up to 20,000 other squatters in England and Wales face eviction as police prepare to enforce a radical change to the law which criminalises those occupying residential buildings. Ministers are calling it the "end of squatters' rights" and the first guaranteed protection for home owners.
Squatters' rights organisations say the change in the law is unnecessary when legal remedies already exist for property owners, insisting that most squats are in previously unoccupied premises, while housing charities say that it could trigger a sharp increase in homelessness.
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"Charities fear end of 'squatters' rights' could lead to big rise in homelessness", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/charities-fear-end-of-squatters-rights-could-lead-to-big-rise-in-homelessness