squatters evicted in Hampstead

From the Ham and High.Nb after this story they found another luxury property in Hampstead Garden suburb. Like other prime locations in London often the tax-evading ( unlike a lot of the the squatters in low paid drudge work – it’s not all rich kids slumming it in Kensington squats :) ) Gordon Brown-loving owners are away a lot of the time.

From the manor torn: Squatters are kicked out of £10million house
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29 June 2007
Katie Davies

The mansion squatters in Hampstead Garden Suburb who made headlines
across the world are being kicked out.

But, far from being homeless when they are evicted in mid-July, the
group has landed a new millionaire’s retreat just around the corner.

Earlier this month, the Ham&High was first to reveal that 11
squatters had moved into a £10million home on Ingram Avenue.

The story became national news in this country and across Europe.

Squatter Calin explained: “The owner came to see us and said we had
to leave.

“He was a little evasive and said he was quite happy with us. But
then some neighbours didn’t want us here.

“I asked if that was the media coverage and he said he wasn’t sure. I
have found somewhere around the corner. Not all of us will be moving
in there, just some.

“The new place is nicer – it is exactly what we are looking for.

“I will miss the house but more the people in it.

“It’s how it goes. Nothing lasts forever and it couldn’t have had a
happy ending.

“The reaction to us has all been positive from people. We did it
right, kept our word and people understood our point of view so it is
cool.”

Earlier this month, the squatters gave the Ham&High a tour around the
Ingram Avenue house, which was used on the set of movie The Upside Of
Anger, starring Kevin Costner.

With 10 bedrooms, a swimming pool, poker room, party area and gym, it
was a real luxury retreat for the squatters.

Owner Vertical Properties is engaged in a court battle with the
Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust over the house’s future. It wants to
demolish and replace it with two new homes. But the trust is opposing
the plan on conservation grounds.

Initially neighbours and owners did not mind the squatters living on
the road which is one of the 20 most expensive in the country.

But the coverage seems to have changed their minds.

And fearful publicity will drive them out of their new home, the
squatters are not revealing their address this time around.

Calin said: “They didn’t want us. We don’t want to cause trouble – so
that’s it.

“I want to keep the new place private and live there quietly.

“Overall, though, the publicity has been more positive than negative.

“I am working on a couple of projects with photographers and
documentary makers. We have even had Romanian TV shooting us all day.
These positives are much more important.”

Some of the squatters have also offered their work for property
restoration after learning how to renovate homes through the Ingram
Avenue pad.

They have requested anyone with an empty property, who wants the
squatters to move in and take care of it until it is back in use, to
contact them via the Ham&High.

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