DCBL leads huge Squatter Removal in London

10th January 2020

Yesterday, DCBL led a massive squatter removal in a property based in South East London. The client instructed us to remove over 50 activists that for the last two years, illegally occupied the property as part of a ‘Save the Trees’ protest.

DCBL provided over 20 High Court enforcement agents to carry out this eviction, working closely with over 60 officers from the Metropolitan Police and several specialist contractors with what was an extremely challenging eviction.

The removal went well after extensive planning, and risk assessment was conducted on the case so that we could effectively remove the vast number of squatters that had been residing in the property.

All evictions, large or small require us to undertake a health and safety risk assessment in order to meet our legal obligations to protect our workforce and reduce the risk of reputational damage to our clients. This risk assessment also minimises the risk to members of the public who may become involved.

If squatters take over your premises, what can you do?

If you are struggling with squatters in your property, you must make an application for an interim possession order against persons unknown. Once this has been served to the individuals and has expired without vacation of the premises, you can instruct DCBL who will assist in obtaining a full possession order and removal of the individuals.  For more information on squatter removal contact a member of our team on 0203 298 0201.