Squatters and Trespasser


The Landlord Group have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions together with answers regarding the fixed fee services that we offer.

Will I have to attend the court hearing?

As with any eviction, this will depend on you. The Landlord Group fully understands the pressures people put on themselves when faced with attending court. We will, if necessary, discuss with you your circumstances and allay any fears or worries you might have. Nonetheless, if you still feel that you do not want to attend the hearing we will discuss with you personally your options. A specialist lawyer will always attend on your behalf and will put forward your case to the court.

If you do want to attend the hearing, and we would always encourage this, we will inform you of the name of your lawyer and where and when you should meet them at court. Remember, as you have instructed The Landlord Group to act on your behalf, we ensure that it is the lawyer and not you who puts forward all legal arguments.

What happens if the squatter shows up at court?

It is very unlikely that a squatter will turn up at court. If they do turn up, it usually means that they believe they are not squatters and are in fact legitimate tenants and will be defending the case. Our lawyers are specialists and will still put forward legal arguments to try and get an order for possession. If the court doesn’t grant an order for possession; the judge will adjourn the case. The Landlord Group are specialists in taking on squatters who defend claims. We will at your request fight the case to its resolution. Click here to see our defended actions service.

What will the court order say?

It will tell the squatter or trespasser when they should leave the property. The Landlord Group always argues for an immediate possession date. If the tenant doesn’t leave by the date set, The Landlord Group will go straight to stage 2.

What happens on the day of the eviction?

The Landlord Group will have arranged for a court appointed bailiff to attend the property. We will inform you of the time and date. You should aim to meet at the property with a locksmith 30 minutes before the bailiff is due to turn up.

Depending on the circumstances, The Landlord Group might consider that the appointment of a High Court Sheriffs Officer is more appropriate. We will happily discuss this with you should the need arise.

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