Second Westminster squatter evicted under new powers
A second eviction under new squatting laws took place on Thursday (October 4), as a man was removed from council property with the new powers.
CityWest Homes, who manage the council’s housing stock, called police to take back a two bedroom flat on Tresham Crescent, Lisson Green estate.
The previous tenant had been evicted for anti-social behaviour, and a squatter moved into the property with his two dogs.
Darren Levy, director of customer services, CityWest Homes said: “Despite coming into effect so recently, the new anti-squatters powers are proving an invaluable weapon in our arsenal against squatting. They have enabled us to act quickly, whilst saving a great deal of time and money.
CityWest Homes will take immediate action should any of our properties become illegally occupied.”
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It is the second time CityWest Homes have used the power after a squatter voluntarily left a property on September 7, after being warned he faced arrest.
The council believes it was the first authority to use a new squatting law, which came into force on September 1, giving police the power to evict squatters without a court ruling.
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CityWest Homes are working to repair damage sustained during the illegal occupancy.