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SQUATTERS NOW MORE ORGANISED; Warning for landlords as property is targeted.

LANDLORDS are being warned about the dangers of organised squatting as vacant property lists become freely available.

Groups of squatters have started accessing information published in the Freedom of Information Act to help them strategically target empty properties.

Lettings and evictions specialist, Legal 4 Landlords is warning landlords to be vigilant.

Sim Sekhon, director at Legal 4 Landlords, said: "We've seen a 30 per cent increase in tenant eviction notices in cases involving squatters.

"People have become wise to squatters' rights and it's becoming a big issue."

He continued: "The eviction process for squatters can be lengthy and complicated, as well as causing long delays on planned development on the property.

"Landlords need to make sure they secure their empty properties to stop squatters from entering."

A list of vacant properties, freely available from government websites, has led to organised squatting groups publishing detailed maps of empty homes throughout the country.

Legal 4 Landlords, which has 22 offices across the UK, is a comprehensive service provider for landlords, letting agents and tenants.

Visit www.legal4landlords.

com for more information.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 5, 2011
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