Eviction on a Golf Course

Unwanted trespassers on your golf course can be a big nuisance. It violates your land ownership rights. Take appropriate action to evict the squatters. There are various options open to you for the squatter traveller eviction.

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Common Law

As a landowner, you have your common law rights. This law allows you to recover your land from the trespassers. You can even seek damages from the trespassers. You can seek an injunction that prevents the trespassers from occupying your land again. At the same time, you can use only reasonable force. You cannot use more force than necessary to evict the squatters. Only the lawful actions are allowed to evict the person occupying your land. A trespasser can file claim against you if you use excessive force for eviction. You or your agent planning to use any force for eviction must first inform the police of your intention. Police officers will be present during the eviction process to ensure peace. You have to stop the process if the police believe the eviction should be delayed. Local authorities have lots of power to deal with such incidents. Learn more about these rules and laws so you can protect your private property from the travellers squatting on your land.

Certified Enforcement Agents

You can take help of certified enforcement agents from companies offering eviction of squatters from your land. These agents use a variety of techniques to deal with the trespassers. They are aware of the right procedure that must be followed when evicting the squatters. It helps you avoid breaking the laws and rules. The agents first carry out a risk assessment. It helps them know how much manpower and resources are needed to evict the unauthorised people occupying your land.

Informing the Police

You have to inform the police if you plan to use any physical eviction method. You can carry out your eviction procedure only after you have tried verbal, written or other notification method to get the squatters evicted. The police officers assess the situation to find if the landowner can go ahead with the eviction process. If not, you will be advised to delay the eviction. You or your agent must follow the police advice to avoid breach of peace and any untoward incident at your property.

Going to the Court

After you have exhausted the preliminary options and failed to evict the squatters, you can go to the court to get the warrant for eviction. Follow the civil court procedure to obtain the eviction order. This process can take more than 20 days and cost in excess of £5,500. In this case, the first step is to simply ask the trespassers to leave the land. If the person refuses to follow your request, you can begin the process of eviction in the county court. You have to submit relevant documents and evidence including photographs and witness statements.

Local authorities have the power to remove squatters from private and public lands without first going to the court. It is necessary for the government officers involved in such a process to first carry out a welfare assessment of the squatters. If unauthorised campers return back within three months of eviction, they are liable for a criminal offence and can be arrested by the police. They will serve a prison term and have to pay a fine.