Along with the residence crisis in the UK, there aren't many authorized camping grounds for travellers in Westminster.
This shortage of authorized sites in Westminster has resulted into an increase in the amount of travellers setting up on unauthorized encampments in Barnes, Balham, or Westminster in the likes of car parks as well as playing fields.
According to governments statistics, it has been reported that the caravan parked on unauthorised spaces in Westminster increased up to 17% between 2016 to 2017.
For plots of land in Greater London that are socially rented, there was only a 2% increase seen between 2010 and 2017.
Usually, there are two options for the Greater London landowners or local authorities to recover the possession of land or evict nomads in Balham, Westminster, or Barnes.
One way is to use the common law in Greater London.
Under the common law, Westminster landowners are allowed to use the authority if required and evict travellers from their land in Greater London rightfully and lawfully.
Agents of enforcement will usually conduct common law evictions in Westminster.
These Denbigh Franks agents will give the trespassing traveller 24 hours to vacate the property in Westminster through a notice.
Assuming the travellers have not vacated the site in Balham, Barnes, or Westminster within the specified period, Denbigh Franks enforcement agents will come back with equipment and possibly the police if need be, to evict any traveller still camping on the land.
There are many advantages for using a common law eviction in Greater London.
One of which is the speedy removal of the Westminster traveller from the premises.
In most cases, it takes less than 24 hours to carry out the eviction in Westminster, so, the traveller has less time to damage your property or the land as well as reduce the chances of illegal dumping of wastes on the property.
The second option land owners and authorities in Greater London can use to evict the travellers is to obtain a writ of possession.
The first step when evicting under writ of possession in Westminster is obtaining an order of possession.
When using the order of possession to deal with squatters and travellers in Balham, Westminster, or Barnes, the order is usually kept a secret.
Once the landowner gets the order of possession in Westminster he can then be able to get the enforcement by High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) from Denbigh Franks by transferring the order to High Court.
One of the reasons why the use of writ of possession is beneficial to Greater London land owners is because no notice would be issued to the travellers encroaching on the claimant's land, also, it is up to the Denbigh Franks HCEO to give a notice or take the travellers by surprise.
When having to deal with Westminster travellers, this can be crucial as the surprise will remove opportunity to steal from the premise, vandalise property or this can combat expected resistance in Greater London.
It is advisable that you avoid scenarios like these for happening as a great amount of time as well as cash is squandered while ejecting a traveller in Balham, Westminster, or Barnes, and there are various things that landowners and the local authority in Greater London may do to prevent such situations from occurring.
Illegal visitors can be stopped from gaining access to the lands in Westminster by installing gates and fences to barricade the land and installing prominent bollards at entry points.
On top of that, embankments, earth bunds and trenches are also great methods of protecting a site in Westminster from unauthorised individuals.
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