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Squats for rent?

March 10th 2011

There have been reports of an individual loitering outside some London homeless shelters offering places in squats for money. A witness, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Pavement that they had seen a man waiting for people to be turned away from shelters before offering them places in houses in the Highgate area.

Posting on the online microblogging site Twitter, the witness said: "Man outside night shelter was recruiting those turned away for his squats. He opens squats as a business in Highgate. He has over 300 beds operating in houses at any one time (360 I think he said). Interesting little business. You see it all on the streets."

Myk Zeitlin, from the Advisory Service for Squatters, which offers legal help for squatters in London, said that, although it is legal for people to open squats for themselves in certain circumstances, it is illegal to charge money for rooms in squats, and the Squatters' Advisory Service "certainly discourages" the practice. He told The Pavement: "We do not know this person and we do not support charging money for squats.

"We also hear of people renting out properties under the pretence that they have a right to do so when they don't and this is illegal and we certainly discourage it.

"We give advice to people on how to open squats for themselves. There are also weekly practical squatters' evenings, rotating between East and South London where people can get help opening places."


March 2011



From frumpy to funky: "Fab pads" launch nationwide with style

Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!


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