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EASY EVICTION RULES 'CRIMINALISE HOMELESS'

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Laws making it easier for landlords to evict squatters came into effect last week. ...
Laws making it easier for landlords to evict squatters came into effect last week.

Landlords will now be able to apply to county courts for an interim possession order to remove squatters, and it will be a criminal offence for them not to leave within 24 hours.

The powers are contained in s75 and s76 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Charity for the homeless Shelter said the law would criminalise homeless people and force legitimate tenants to leave their homes.

Labour-controlled Brighton BC has refused to use the powers in a long-running dispute with squatters living on the sea front.

Tempers flared at a recent public meeting on the issue when Bill North, an activist supporting the squatters, objected to the hard-line stance of solicitor general and Brighton Pavilion MP Sir Derek Spencer.
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