Squatters frequently move out of properties before they are removed by law, having requested thousands of pounds from the owners in order to find somewhere else to live.  A request for monies in order to vacate, particularly in relation to a residential property which is either somebody's home or is on the market for sale, should be treated as a criminal offence of blackmail.

Why is this idea important?

Anyone attempting to recover possession of their home from squatters will have to pay out substantial costs in alternative accommodation and legal fees.  They also have to deal with damage done to their property, in the case of items of sentiment there may be little they can do.  Owners often find that copper pipework has been removed.

It is not reasonable that an action that can cause such long-term distress is so lightly dealt with, and the squatters are usually free to go on their way.

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