Since squatting in residential property became a criminal offence in 2012 GRC Bailiffs have noted a large increase in squatting in commercial premises.
Many of these squats in commercial premises have become long term residential squats. We have attended and carried out evictions where hundreds of illegal squatters have taken over commercial buildings, installing washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers and other equipment to use them as a permanent residence.
We have uncovered drug factories on a large scale at various squats and evidence of wholesale drug use as well as other criminal activity. We liaise directly with the Police where necessary to ensure property is safely and quickly returned to its intended use.
An increasing number of commercial premises are used for illegal raves where hundreds of drug fuelled revellers can cause extensive damage in a few hours.
Generally; when looking at eviction methods for squatters we are limited to either Common Law Eviction or issuing proceedings in the county court for a possession order.
GRC tend to carry out a site assessment immediately once we are notified of a potential squat. This enables us to provide the client a better projection of the next steps and what resource, method and route should be taken to recover possession.