Squatters rights

Squatting is a term describing those who have entered and are living in a property without the permission of the owner or person with the legal right to live there.

You will not be classed as a squatter, but may still be prosecuted if you are a former tenant or licensee and have failed to leave the property after your tenancy or licence has ended.  Because you originally had the right or legal permission to enter the premises you cannot be convicted of squatting.

Our housing law experts have a specialist quality mark from the Legal Aid Agency for housing cases, this means that we will often be able to provide assistance to you free of charge if you qualify for help under the legal aid scheme and are based in the North West of England.

loading staff

Accused of squatting

Alternatively if you have been accused of squatting in a property where you genuinely believed you were a tenant, for example, if an unlicensed or fake letting agent rented you a property when in fact they had no right to - you cannot be convicted and should seek legal advice if you are being evicted or charged.

Although you do not have a legal right to live in a residential property you are squatting in, there are certain laws that can protect you.

Stephensons can help if you have been issued with a Court summons or wish to contest an Interim Possession Order (IPO) or Possession order.  

If you are a squatter or have been accused of squatting and you are facing eviction our housing law solicitors have the expertise and experience in handling legal matters such as these.

For the very best in expert legal advice and representation, contact our solicitors today on 0203 816 9282.

8.5 out of 10
Trustpilot logo4-stars on trustpilot Based on count 310

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

Stephensons showed integrity and professionalism from the outset. I was extremely pleased with my 30 minute consultation session and the price made it all affordable for me. 
View from a housing law client

New homelessness and domestic violence guidance

New guidance has been published by the government this week to ensure that victims of domestic violence can more easily access safe long term accommodation. The guidance is subject to a ten week consultation process which will run until 5 th ...

Read more

Housing Twitter Block

Supreme Court decision strikes blow against gig-economy

The Supreme Court has ruled on the case of a plumber who had argued he was being denied working rights in a decision expected to have serious ramifications for the ‘gig-economy’. Gary Smith has won the right to take his case to a tribunal...

Read more

Housing reorder

  • Joanne Ellis
  • Kate Hancock
  • Jane Goodier
  • Karen Smith

We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.