Apart from the housing crisis in the UK, in Maidstone there are limited authorized sites for travellers to camp on.
The low number of authorized sites in Maidstone has resulted in a high number of travellers camping in unauthorized places such as playing fields and car parks in Ditton, Maidstone, or Coxheath.
Government statistics reveal that there has been a 17% increment in the number of caravans in Maidstone on unlawful land and plots not possessed by travellers from the year 2016 - 2017.
In contrast, from 2010 to 2017, there has been a mere 2% rise in the number of socially leased land in Kent.
Local authorities and landowners in Kent have two options when they need to remove travellers and repossess their lands in Maidstone, Ditton, or Coxheath.
The first option is to evict travellers using common law in Kent.
The common law gives Maidstone landholders the legitimate right to eject travellers from their Kent property and can use reasonable force if any is needed.
Such Evictions in Maidstone are conducted by enforcement agents.
The travellers are usually given a notice to vacate a place in Maidstone within 24 hours by the agents from Denbigh Franks.
If the 24-hour grace expires and the travellers remain on the property in Maidstone, Coxheath, or Ditton, Denbigh Franks enforcement agents will visit the property with the necessary equipment (including the police if required) to evict any traveller found on the land.
The use of common law eviction in Kent comes with many benefits.
The main one being the speedy manner a tourist is evicted in Maidstone.
The common law minimizes the risk of potential damage on the Maidstone property since it is enforced within 24 hours, and this short time frame also limits the chances of fly tipping.
The second option land owners and authorities in Kent can use to evict the travellers is to obtain a writ of possession.
In this process, you'd have to get the order of possession in Maidstone to evict the travellers under writ of possession.
The order of possession is made against the "persons unknown" while dealing with travellers or intruders in Ditton, Maidstone, or Coxheath.
When the order of ownership has been granted in Maidstone, you can go on and forward it to the High Court, which is then imposed by the (HCEO) High Court Enforcement Officer of Denbigh Franks.
The benefit of transferring up the writ of possessions to the High Court in Kent is that the High Court Officer from Denbigh Franks decides the right way to enforce the order.
It's advantageous when dealing with travellers in Maidstone as it takes away any opportunity to steal from the property or damage the property when resistance to the eviction is expected in Kent.
You don't want to spend more money and time in the process of evicting travellers from your property in Coxheath, Maidstone, or Ditton, so for land owners and local authorities in Kent, there are options available to find long term measures.
Fences or gates can be constructed around the property in Maidstone along with signs that clearly state "No Trespassing" as this will prevent the travellers from trespassing.
In addition, trenches, earth bunds and embankments can also help in preventing unwanted visitors from entering your land in Maidstone.
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