It seems there’s no place too sacred for a squatter.
In Rome recently, for instance, 110 unlawful tenants have been hanging their hats at Santa Maria Maggiore – one of four papal basilicas – as the growing number of squatters in the city continues to grow.
Despite Pope Francis’s avowed assurances to help the poor and the homeless, it’s unlikely this assistance extends to them bedding down in one of Rome’s most consecrated churches.
But it’s not just the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church who has to deal with a squatter problem ...
Despite squatting in England and Wales becoming a criminal offence in 2012, the charity Crisis reckons around 39 per cent of homeless people have squatted at some time. Indeed, with around one million empty properties in the UK, the government estimates there are 20,000 squatters up and down the country.
Although the offence of squatting in a residential building carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 or both, the damage caused by squatters to an empty property can often be a lasting headache for the owner.
But this is where we come in.
Our accredited void property cleaning service will guarantee trained professionals are on hand to complete a comprehensive hypodermic needle sweep, removing harmful sharps and ensuring any risk of infection is eliminated.
So if you have a vacant commercial or residential property where vandalism or antisocial behaviour has resulted in the need for action, please get in touch with a member of our team today – we’d be happy to help.