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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Squatting Reply with quote

Squatting set to become a criminal offence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19429936

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If amenity bills and rent wasn't so high then maybe we wouldn't see so many squatters. Breaking into someones house is against the law.
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R2Icon



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like the perfect solution to their accomodation problem. Break into an empty house, get arrested for squatting, free food and accomodation in a warm prison cell for a year.... it's win win!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
Seems like the perfect solution to their accomodation problem. Break into an empty house, get arrested for squatting, free food and accomodation in a warm prison cell for a year.... it's win win!


That's exactly what I thought when I heard of the law! I think we'll now see an increase in squatting.....
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the police jail squatters? An't our prisons full? What happens once they have been charged? Throw them onto the streets again? Blame the Government as they have reduced Local Housing Allowance for private rents for those on benefits.

It still against the law to break into someone house and occupy it. Do we see this happening a lot or just commercial buildings?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job too... I've never been able to understand how it can be "legal" to take over somebody's property and be allowed to stay there! completely ridiculous situation...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree SF!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So people will now sleep rough thats sounds good.I have been inside 2 prisons and on wings while not a convict and trust me cells are not warm.I can honestly say i would rather squatters in my 2nd property then see people sleep rough
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not that I have a 2nd property Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark you seem to be under a slight misapprehension here

Breaking into a property is and always has been a criminal offence

However if people squat in a property as of this evening by getting in through an open window or unlocked door then that is a civil matter which needs to be resolved through the County Court

I do think that the Government is right to make squatting a criminal offence but this action needs to be supported by making available more hostels and social accommodation for those displaced by this new law

My worry is that people will continue to squat and risk prison because prison may be a better alternative to ending up on the streets so really I agree with what Rachel said earlier Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:

I do think that the Government is right to make squatting a criminal offence but this action needs to be supported by making available more hostels and social accommodation for those displaced by this new law


This new law favours property owners - especially those likely to vote Tory - while doing absolutely nothing to resolve the critical problem of homelessness in the UK. In fact, it's just what I'd expect from Cameron and his cronies.

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