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Squatter Evictions

Our powers as High Court Enforcement Officers also allow us to enforce County Court possession orders against squatters living in disused premises. Whilst a landlord is entitled to use Enforcement Officers (also known as certificated bailiffs) to forfeit a commercial lease whilst the premises are unoccupied, the Enforcement Officer has no authority to eject occupants or squatters. If squatters have taken up residence in the premises, Enforcement Officers are powerless to act and the landlord will need the services of a High Court Enforcement Officer authorised to enforce court orders for possession. A possession claim against squatters must be brought against ‘persons unknown’ and a copy of the claim form, particulars of claim and witness statements (if applicable) must be served on the squatters by attaching copies of all the forms to the main door and, if possible, by inserting copies of the documents through the letterbox, addressed to ‘the occupiers’. Download our free Guide to Squatter Eviction Contact our legal team for no-obligation legal advice on obtaining a possession order or transferring County Court Orders for possession to the High Court for enforcement. You are welcome to contact us at any time on 0333 344 1596 and we will endeavour to help you with your enquiry.

About Squatter Evictions

  • What will you do to evict squatters
  • How long will it take to evict squatters
  • How much will it cost to evict squatters

What will you do to evict squatters?

Once you have obtained the possession order and permission to transfer (form n293a), we can arrange for the drafting and sealing of a writ of possession immediately to allow us to act on your behalf. Once we have received the writ, our Enforcement Officers will be dispatched to attend the enforcement address. We will require any occupant(s) to leave and will post the relevant notices confirming our instruction and remit. We will arrange for a locksmith to attend in order to help gain possession (if necessary) and to change locks. Once vacant possession is obtained we will advise our client accordingly and ‘sign-over’ possession to the landlord or landlord’s agent. We may also make some recommendations in relation to securing the premises on an ongoing basis.

How long will it take to evict squatters?

Enforcing an order for possession by using a High Court Enforcement Officer can be quicker than waiting for an available appointment for a County Court bailiff to attend. Our Central London Judgment Enforcement Office is based directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice at 212 Strand, London WC2R 1AP. Our convenient location means that we can process writs for sealing on the day of instruction. We can enforce writs of possession immediately, which means that we can carry out evictions within 24 hours of the writ being sealed.

How much will it cost to evict squatters?

If you would like us to apply on your behalf for the writ of possession, a £60.00 disbursement will be payable to HM Courts and Tribunal Service. Our fees for executing the writ and carrying out possession are calculated on a ‘time spent’ basis and will therefore vary with the nature of the instruction. Our rates are extremely competitive and we will be able to give you an indication as to our level of fees prior to undertaking your instruction.

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