If you are the owner of vacant industrial or commercial premises, it may be the case that travellers or other squatters will invade your site. Any time that someone gains unauthorised access to your land or building it will cause concern that there could be damage, burglary or vandalism. This can be potentially very worrying and frustrating, but property owners don’t need to deal with the hassle of evicting travellers themselves.
Protect Vacant Property offers a comprehensive and swift traveller removal service to have intruders evicted safely from the property. Contact us today on 0800 043 2742 for more information.
Finding that travellers have invaded your property can be intimidating and distressing, so you will only feel secure when you have called in experts to deal with it. We have many years of experience in evicting travellers from sites and safely securing vacant property. We use a range of proven techniques to perform traveller evictions.
When you use our services you won’t need to go through the courts as we have bailiffs who can both serve notice and evict. We can keep your property safe and unoccupied 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, getting rid of travellers on your property and then protecting against future intrusions.
Full Range of Services
As full service experts in site security, the actual eviction of travellers is only a part of what we can provide you with. Our team has developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure not only that intruders are removed as soon as possible but also that the property is secured. We use a variety of techniques including protective Sitex screens, temporary fencing, security dogs, metal window shutters and concrete barriers.
This shows travellers that the site is protected and secure, ensuring that they will not try to return. We can also offer a full clean-up service once travellers have been evicted – this includes needle removal.
Protect Vacant Property is a nationwide service that you provide protection and security for your property anywhere across the country. If you need peace of mind or would just like to get some more information you can call us on Freephone 0800 043 2742 and talk through your needs with a member of staff. Alternatively you can visit our contact page to send us a message. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Eviction of Travellers – FAQs
The legal definition of ‘trespass’ is the unlawful occupation of someone else’s land or property. A trespasser, therefore, is a person who enters land or property belonging to someone else, without having the permission to do so. This includes trespass committed by New Age travellers, Roma Gypsies, Irish travellers, squatters or any other group of unauthorised occupants.
If you have an unauthorised traveller encampment on your site, Protect Vacant Property offer a fast and efficient traveller removal service to help you regain lawful possession of your land.
There are several powers our team can use to evict travellers from your property:
- As the landlord, you can use your Common Law powers to perform a traveller eviction.
- You don’t need to obtain a Court Order.
- Reasonable notice must be given to the illegal occupants, with 24 hours typically considered to be sufficient.
- Enforcement to clear the site is performed by Certificated Enforcement Agents.
- If the travellers return, there is no penalty.
Part 55 Civil Procedures
- The landlord can use Part 55 Civil Procedures to remove travellers from the site.
- Court procedures will need to be followed, which typically means appointing a solicitor, and paying legal costs.
- Going to Court will take longer than using Common Law powers.
- Enforcement to evict the travellers is performed by a County Court Bailiff or a High Court Enforcement Officer.
- If the travellers return, there is no penalty.
Sections 77-78 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
- The local authority can use Sections 77-78 criminal procedures to remove unauthorised encampments.
- Powers can be used on any land that falls within the local authority’s area, regardless of who owns the property.
- Sections 77-78 are used to evict identified individuals from the land.
- Court procedures will only become necessary if the trespassers refuse to leave the site when asked to do so.
- Enforcement of traveller eviction is performed by Certificated Enforcement Agents.
- If the travellers return within 3 months, criminal sanctions will apply.
Sections 61-62 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
- These are the criminal powers used by the Police to evict travellers.
- Sections 61-62 can be used on any land except highways.
- Powers are used to remove identified individuals and/or their vehicles from site.
- There must be a minimum of 2 persons trespassing.
- No Court Order is necessary.
What to do next?
Protect Vacant Property offer a nationwide traveller removal service to help you regain possession of your illegally occupied land. Once you have instructed our traveller eviction team, we act swiftly and decisively on your behalf:
- The case will be allocated to your nearest Protect Vacant Property Bailiff or Enforcement Agent.
- Within 24 hours, we prepare a Traveller Eviction Notice which the Enforcement Agent will serve on the trespassers.
- While serving the Notice, the Enforcement Agent will make an assessment of the nature and size of the encampment and determine the number of personnel needed to carry out a safe and lawful eviction.
- If necessary, we can arrange for video units, dog teams, security units, tow trucks and other equipment to be made available for assistance.
- The local Police will be informed of the planned eviction scheduled for the following day.
- On the day of the eviction, our profession eviction team will go in to remove the travellers and clear the site.
- Following the eviction, and if instructed by the landowner, Protect Vacant Property can put in place counter measures to eliminate any chances of the travellers returning. We highly recommend this option.
If you would like more information about Protect Vacant Property’s traveller eviction services in general, or you wish to instruct us with a specific case, please call Freephone 0800 043 2742 or send us a message via our Contact Us page. We will be in touch with the minimum of delay.