Traveller and Squatter Evictions

Evicting squatters, travellers and other trespassers from private property can be a complex legal and logistical problem.

We have considerable experience in evicting travellers from open land and squatters from commercial property across Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. We are able to work closely with the police and, where appropriate, the courts to bring about successful evictions. Ingram Associates can also support you with site cleanup and security after the eviction has been completed.

How to remove squatters and travellers from your property

There are two methods that are commonly used to evict squatters and trespassers from private property. These are:

  • Common law evictions (for travellers only)
  • Writs of possession

Evicting travellers under common law powers

Trespass on open land and squatting in non-residential properties is not a criminal offence in England. As such, to evict travellers it's necessary to invoke common law powers. These require you to request that the trespassers leave your land and allow the use of reasonable force to evict them if they fail to leave of their own accord.

How to invoke common law powers to evict travellers

Invoking common law powers to evict trespassers is a relatively straightforward process. However, it helps to have support to ensure that the eviction is completed safely and legally. Ingram Associates are able to provide support throughout the process.

You must first provide the occupiers with written notice that you intend to evict them from your property. This should include the following information: Tresspassers and Squatters

  • the name of the landlord
  • the boundaries of the land referred to in the notice, including a map if possible
  • contact details of the Enforcement Officer
  • the consequences of failing to abide by the notice
  • the length of time the occupiers have to leave. 

This form of eviction is commonly used against travellers that occupy private land without permission. Travellers will often leave voluntarily within 48 hours of notice being served by bailiffs, preventing the need for further action.

Contact us to discuss common law powers of eviction for travellers and squatters.

Using a writ of possession to evict squatters and trespassers

Writs of possession are used to enforce orders of possession issued by the High Court or County Court. It can take some time for a writ to be issued, but it can be enforced immediately. The police are also obligated to assist with its enforcement.

Dependant on the number of travellers or squatters and to the extent to which they are ‘entrenched’ upon the land or property, it may be necessary to carry out a risk assessment to identify the situation, specific risks, actions and key contacts, including the police, in relation to the eviction.

This method of eviction is typically used to evict trespassers and squatters that are less likely to comply with an eviction notice. Failing to comply with the writ is a criminal offence.

Contact us to discuss using a writ of possession to evict squatters and trespassers.

Eviction services

Ingram Associates can assist with serving notice of eviction, enforcing the eviction notice and liaising with police if the occupiers fail to leave the property. Costs will vary depending on the nature of the site, the number of trespassers / squatters and the extent to which they are entrenched on the property.

  • Initial site visit to serve a Notice of Intended Eviction £375 + VAT
    This includes a site visit by two bailiffs and the first two hours of their time. Additional time is charged at £120+VAT per bailiff, per hour.
  • Recovery trucks charged at cost
    If vehicles are required to remove 'goods and chattels' – the occupiers property, animals and vehicles, these will be billed at cost price.
  • Site cleaning team POA
    If required, Ingram Associates can supply a team to remove rubbish and other waste.
  • Site security POA
    We can also offer a security team to prevent trespassers from returning to the site.

A risk assessment will be carried out by the bailiffs on their initial attendance. This enables us to quantify the number of bailiffs, recovery trucks and police required for a future eviction should this be necessary. From this a further quotation of fees will be given.

Get help with evicting squatters and trespassers in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire

If you have a problem with either squatters or trespassers, do not hesitate to telephone Ingram Associates to discuss the matter in more depth on 020 7584 4802 or 01865 301779. You can also complete our online contact form.

Immediate removal of travellers

If you are a landowner and your land is currently being occupied by travellers we are able to initiate their removal from your property within 24 hours of receipt of our instruction form.

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