Options for dealing with squatters

Closed 5 Oct 2011

Opened 13 Jul 2011

Feedback expected 26 Oct 2011

Results updated 5 Feb 2012

The response summarises the written responses received and the comments made by homelessness charities, academics, property owners and enforcement officers at face to face meetings with Ministry of Justice officials. It also describes how the consultation process influenced the final shape of the policy and sets out the Government's proposals.

This report should be read in conjunction with the impact assessment and the equality assessment on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill page.



This consultation is aimed at anyone affected by squatters or has experience of using the current law or procedures to get them evicted.

Squatting usually involves the deliberate entry and occupation of a building without the consent of the property owner.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather more information about the extent of problems caused by squatters, and to invite views on whether, and how, existing criminal and civil mechanisms should be strengthened to deal with them.


  • Businesses
  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Litigants
  • Young people
  • Charities


  • Compensation
  • Environment
  • Courts
  • Property