Squatters and illegal occupants
Empty council properties are usually awaiting repair, redecoration or re-letting and we are keen to ensure that they stay empty so they can be let as quickly as possible to someone on our waiting list.
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 makes squatting in a residential building a criminal offence. It has a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment, a fine or both. If you become aware of squatters in a council property please contact us as soon as possible so we can begin action and consider prosecution.
This applies generally to unknown and suspicious occupants.
How to report squatting in a council property
If you see anyone suspicious or who appears to be squatting in a council property, please contact your estate manager or telephone the Illegal Lettings Hotline number on 020 8871 6556.
Any contact will be strictly confidential.