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Squatters and unauthorised occupants

Squatting is when someone deliberately enters property without permission and lives there, or intends to live there.

Squatting in residential buildings (like a house or flat) is illegal. It can lead to 6 months in prison, a £5,000 fine, or both.

GOV.UK has full information on squatting and the law. (link opens in new window)

The laws on squatting are quite complex and we cannot simply evict a person who is squatting.

If you see anyone suspicious or who appears to be squatting in a property please call 0300 300 8302 or email housingsolutions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Any contact will be strictly confidential.

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