Due to the housing critical situation in the UK, there has been an increase in the number of unauthorised traveller encampments in Plymouth.
This shortage in Plymouth has led to a dramatic increase in the numbers of travellers setting up unauthorised campsites in Plymouth, Plymstock, or Saltash such as playing fields and car parks.
Government statistics from 2016-2017 show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of travellers in Plymouth on unauthorised plots and property not owned by travellers.
And socially rented plots in Devon had only increased by 2% between the years 2010 and 2017.
Municipalities and landowners in Devon can evict and recover possession of their land in Plymstock, Saltash, or Plymouth in two ways.
The first alternative is to evict travellers in Devon by making use of common law.
The common law gives Plymouth landholders the legitimate right to eject travellers from their Devon property and can use reasonable force if any is needed.
Evictions under common law in Plymouth are carried out by enforcement agents.
The Denbigh Franks enforcement agents will send a notice to the travellers in which they have 24 hours to abandon the site in Plymouth.
If the site in Plymouth, Plymstock, or Saltash is not vacated after the 24-hour period, the Denbigh Franks enforcement agents will return to remove any remaining travellers with the equipment, and possibly police if necessary.
Using the common law in Devon offers tons of benefits.
The speed of eviction in Plymouth is the most important advantage here.
With a common law eviction, travellers can be removed from the property in Plymouth in a period of 24 hours which results in less destruction of property and fly-tipping.
Secondly, landowners and local authority in Devon should be ready to receive possession summons.
When evicting according to the writ of possession in Plymouth, you should try to get an order of possession.
The order of possession is filed against "unknown persons" when squatters and travellers in Plymouth, Saltash, or Plymstock are the subject.
Once the landowner in Plymouth has received the order of possession, it is then transferred to the High Court where a Denbigh Franks enforcement officer from the High Court will implement it.
The main benefit of making use of a writ of possession in Devon and forwarding it to the High Court is that there is no need for a notice to be given, the Denbigh Franks HCEO undertakes that decision and he will determine if it is needed based on the situation.
This is helpful especially when dealing with the travellers in Plymouth as the element of surprise prevents the risk of damaging and stealing from the property or forming a resistance to eviction in Devon.
Avoiding the occurrence of these types of situations in the first instance is always better than dealing with eviction in Plymouth, Plymstock, or Saltash and the possible money, time and effort involved, so there are many things local authorities and property owners in Devon can do to avoid the occurrence of these situations.
You need to take immediate steps to forestall these from happening in the first place, so the first thing you can do is to put fences and gates around the land in Plymouth to discourage third parties from going on.
In addition, trenches, earth bunds and embankments can also help in preventing unwanted visitors from entering your land in Plymouth.
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