Travellers on your land? Advice for Landowners
26th June 2019
If travellers decide to take up residence on your premises what can you do to move them?
The main advantage of the Common Law process is the speed at which the removal can take place without the need for lengthy court proceedings. This dramatically reduces the likelihood of further travellers congregating, damage to land and fly-tipping – creating additional costs to the landowner when the site is eventually cleared.
Upon receipt of your instruction, DCBL will generate and serve the required Legal Notice to the individuals on-site (usually on the same day) which gives them 24 hours to vacate. Our Certificated Agents have a great deal of experience in dealing with Travellers, and as a result, on the majority of occasions, the site will be cleared within the prescribed time.
The alternative method for Landlords to remove travellers is to attain a County Court Possession Order and transfer it to the High Court under a writ of possession against ‘Persons unknown’. Once the writ has been granted, it can then be enforced by our High Court Enforcement Agents.
This method can be more beneficial should there be a large number of travellers or there is a greater likelihood that there may be a breach of the peace where police assistance may be required.
How DCBL helped a client in Cambridge
“I have used DCBL to undertake a number of enforcement actions against unauthorised traveller encampments on our Cambridge sites.
The service we have received, both from the office and the agents who attend on-site, has been quick, efficient and professional on every occasion. They attend when they say they will attend, adapt to circumstances as necessary, and deliver a positive result whilst dealing courteously with both staff and members of the public who may be in the area at the time.
It is very reassuring to have a service that I trust at the end of the telephone in the difficult situations when they are required.”