Case study: urgent possession order for squatters
Our client owned a derelict building, which they had purchased with the intention to develop. Before work had been carried out, our client was notified that there were squatters occupying the land.
The squatters were disturbing neighbours with fires and music, causing concerns for safety. They had also accrued a lot of rubbish on the land. Despite police attending, possession through the civil courts was required.
An application for an urgent possession order was required to prevent any further disturbance to the surrounding areas, damage to the property, cost of rubbish removal and/or the squatters gaining any right of occupation.
Within two days of instructions, our property litigation team made an urgent application for an interim possession order on behalf of our client, which they successfully obtained. The possession order was then made final and our team assisted in the drafting of the application. We attended court to obtain the order and instruct the process servers to serve the squatters.
The possession order remains in place for 12 months. If the occupiers return, police can be called to move them on.