A gang of squatters have been accused of making their neighbours lives ´a living hell´ for four years - but can´t be evicted because of a legal loophole. The squatters, believed to be eastern European, keep locals up all night by playing bongo drums and dump piles of rubbish in their street in Streatham, south London. But police have been left powerless to boot them out because the building is classed as commercial property. New laws introduced last year which allow squatters to be jailed for six months only cover residential properties. Angry locals have branded powers to evict squatters
Comments: By law, the owners of the building can´t even enter the premises because the squatters changed the locks.
I´ve been reading these kinds of stories from Britain since 1989. If the laws haven´t been changed, I can only think somebody somewhere is getting something out of it. What possible "logic" could stand behind this?
Those fancy convertibles out front? Slash the tires, sugar in the gas tanks. They sleep sometime. Get some huge sacks of manure and throw them up on the rooftop.
If the police won´t do anything, then call them from pay phones that can´t be traced and continuously report criminal activity at the address. If you really get fed up, find a back window, pry it open out of site, and throw in an industrial smoke bomb.
How far the UK has fallen, when property owners can´t figure out how to defend their own property from trespassers. Even without my first cup of coffee this morning, I can think of a few things the owners could do:
1. Cut all utilities to to the building (water, electricity). 2. Board up all doors and windows ("security measure") 3. Have a locksmith bore out the locks and change them (the owner can´t be arrested for trespassing on his *own* property), citing enhanced security as a concern. 4. Call in a gardener to pull up any vegetation and replace it with pig manure fertilizer (to be removed when the stench overwhelms the kiddies). 5. Use a pay phone and report criminal activity on the property. 6. Have a picnic on the roofs of the kiddies´ cars (squatting on their property!).
All neighbors could rent large speakers, aim them at the commercial property, and play "Feelings" or "It´s a Hard Knock Life" (Annie) or any other annoying song during the times the kiddies are sleeping.
Personally, I would have torched their cars and the property a long time ago.
#7, actually, the laws as written prevent the owner from entering, and he can be arrested for trespassing on his own property.
It happened a while back in the US (New York, I think) when one of those Occupy-type groups moved into someone´s house. He couldn´t get them out for months, and they trashed the place. These bums are very good at knowing and exploiting the law.
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