Squatting is occupying someone else’s property without their permission.
Is Squatting a Crime?
Squatting in a residential property is a criminal offence when the following applies:
- The squatter has entered the property without the owners permission (trespassing)
- The squatter must have known that they were trespassing, and
- They must live, or intend to live, in the property for any period of time.
The offence does not apply to legitimate tenants who fall behind on payments, or refuse to leave at the end of their tenancy agreement, even if they leave and then re-enter the property.
The first step to evicting a squatter is to apply for a Court Order. If the trespasser disputes the owner’s entitlement to recover possession of the property, a hearing will take place in front of a Judge.
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