Apart from the housing crisis in the UK, in Southwark there are limited authorized sites for travellers to camp on.
Due to this, the increased numbers of caravans packed on unauthorized land in Southwark such as playing fields, and car parks has been observed in Elephant and Castle, Bankside, or Bermondsey.
Government statistics from 2016-2017 show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of travellers in Southwark on unauthorised plots and property not owned by travellers.
Between 2010 and 2017 there was just a two percent rise in socially rented places in Greater London.
There are two ways to remove travellers from unauthorized grounds in Bankside, Elephant and Castle, or Bermondsey if you are a land owner or local government in Greater London.
The first option is to evict travellers using common law in Greater London.
Common law states that landowners in Southwark have the jurisdiction to remove travellers from their piece of land in Greater London and they can use some reasonable force if necessary.
This kind of action is generally carried out in Southwark by the enforcement agent.
The travellers are served with an eviction notice by enforcement agents from Denbigh Franks, giving them a duration of 24 hours to move out of the site in Southwark.
The Denbigh Franks enforcement agents come with the proper equipment to evict the travellers if they do not leave the place in Bankside, Elephant and Castle, or Bermondsey within 24-hour period.
The use of common law eviction in Greater London comes with many benefits.
Use of common law has various benefits including time taken to achieve eviction in Southwark.
In most instances, the travellers are evicted within 24 hours, which as a result reduces chances of damage to the property in Southwark and tackles fly-tipping.
Another option for both local authorities and landowners in Greater London is to get the writ of possession.
Under a writ of possession, the first eviction step in Southwark is to obtain a possession order.
This can be served to an "unknown" when the possession order is for travellers or squatters in Elephant and Castle, Bermondsey, or Bankside.
When the order of possession has been awarded in Southwark, then the applicant may transfer it to the High Court and then be executed by a Denbigh Franks High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO).
The benefit of transferring up the writ of possessions to the High Court in Greater London is that the High Court Officer from Denbigh Franks decides the right way to enforce the order.
Thus, you won't have to worry about travellers in Southwark damaging your property or stealing from your property as you don't have any idea of how they would respond to the eviction in Greater London.
Avoiding these situations is always desirable to handle an eviction in Elephant and Castle, Bermondsey, or Bankside and the time and cost involved, so, in order to prevent it, there are many actions that can be taken by local authorities and landowners in Greater London.
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 Southwark to discourage third parties from going on.
Additionally, earth bunds, embankments and trenches can also be built to act as obstacles to entering the land in Southwark unauthorized.
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