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We are working with the police and partner organisations to take
steps to try to prevent squatters gaining access to empty
properties in the Borough. We know this is an issue both nationally
and across Redbridge and we recognise the problems this can create
for neighbours and the local community.
The law on squatting is very complex and the Council’s powers
The Government is currently proposing an amendment to the Legal
Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which is currently
going through parliament which will make squatting in a residential
property a criminal act. A petition submitted by residents supports
this change to the Bill and was backed by the Council on 19 January
The Council has recently helped bring 100 empty properties back
into use across Redbridge.
Help for property owners includes:
The Council can offer housing advice to squatters who may be
eligible for help with finding a home or can be signposted to
relevant services who can help.
If anyone has a concern that a child may be at risk of harm or
being harmed either through living in an unsuitable property or in
any other way they should contact the Child Protection Assessment
Team (CPAT) on 020 8708 3885.
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