Removing Travellers from Your Private Land: A Bailiff’s Perspective

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a piece of landIf you own an unused tract of land in the UK, you could probably be facing the challenge of evicting travellers from your property. A renowned removal company in the UK advises private landowners experiencing such problems to seek legal help and not necessarily call the police first.

In most instances when travellers camp on your land, you will record much damage as most of these groups come with their animals and vehicles. It is not possible to confront this group directly to evict them, and still, there is not much that the police can do. That is so because such cases are not criminal but civil offences.

Even if these travellers are on local government land, local authorities need to follow the due process of seeking a court order to evict these people in the right manner.

What Choices Do Private Landowners Have? MS Webb & Co. shares some information that you can use for your case.

Use common law

UK’s Common Law allows landowners to use reasonable force to recover their land with the help of bailiffs. The process often starts with the bailiff giving the trespassers a 24-hour deadline to vacate your property. Once this period expires and there is no response on the part of the travellers, the removal company can use reasonable force to evict the trespassers. Bailiffs will then compile a report, which should include photos to ascertain that they have reclaimed the land and discuss the extent of the damage.

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Police involvement

The police will answer your request only if you are dealing with extreme threat levels. Beyond that, they have no active involvement in the eviction process. Moreover, police involvement is a necessity when the damage turns deliberate and there are more than six cars on your property. In addition, call the police if the trespassers show forms of aggression towards you or the team of bailiffs.

Working With Warrants of Execution

An enforcement officer of the high court issues orders of possession directing that the travellers leave the land. It starts with a hearing, which the court serves the area authorities and the trespassers. If the travellers are unresponsive, a sitting judge issues possession orders to follow in future court hearings. The writs of execution graduate the trespassers’ offences from being civil to criminal offences, therefore, demanding severe action from legal authorities. However, the challenge is that obtaining writs of execution takes long, thus incurring many legal expenses on the part of the landowner.

Professional Help Counts Much

When the trespassers acquired the land by force, you can respond likewise. But take caution to work with certified enforcement officers so that there are no claims regarding using excessive force. Once successful, you need to put up fences and gates that will deter any future attempts to access the parcel of land by unauthorised persons.

Nonetheless, any landowner wishing to reclaim his land from illegal squatters must not make emotional decisions that will propel him to use lethal force. That can quickly graduate to being criminal offences. As a landowner, always seek the help of bailiffs from a certified firm. Only that will guarantee that you meet all legal requirements for the successful eviction of travellers from your private land.