NEW SQUATTING LAWS AFFECT BRIGHTON FIRST

By Nicola Peschek

Brighton has become the backdrop for one of the first examples of an enforcement of the new anti-squatting laws.

Police arrested three men on Monday, 3rd September after gaining entrance to a building on London Road, where they were found glued to the property in protest while two others escaped via the roof of the building. Under the new legislation however, squatter’s rights are still applicable to those occupying non-residential buildings. According to the Squatter’s Network of Brighton & Hove (SNOB (AHA)), although the men were using the upstairs residential area, the building they were occupying was in fact a commercial property.

At the Green Party Conference in Bristol on Friday, 7th September deep regret was conveyed at the Coalition Government’s actions to criminalise squatting.

In response to this criminalisation, on October 13th 2012 the Squatter’s Network of Brighton is calling for a Mass Squatting Action, and invites anybody to attend Victoria Square Gardens at 2pm to resist the new anti-squatting laws.

There are around 60,000 homeless in the UK while over 700,000 houses stand empty. The Squatters’ Legal Network has been formed to support these people and provide practical advice regarding the new laws. Call 07925 769858 for more help and information.

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