Legal Warning: non-residential

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Section 144, LASPO does NOT apply

This is NOT a “residential building” within the meaning of section 144, Legal Aid,
Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 because it was NOT designed or
adapted, before the time of our entry, for use as a place to live (ss (3)(b)).

insert reasons why the above applies if not physically obvious

The provisions of section 144 are therefore NOT APPLICABLE to this building
or to our occupation of it.

Part II, Criminal Law Act 1977
(As amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994) DOES APPLY



THAT we occupy this property and at all times there is at least one person in occupation.
THAT any entry or attempt to enter into these premises without our permission is
therefore a criminal offence as any one of us who is in physical possession is opposed
to such entry without our permission.
THAT if you attempt to enter by violence or by threatening violence we will
prosecute you. You may receive a sentence of up to six months’ imprisonment and/or
a fine of up to £5,000.
THAT if you want to get us out you will have to issue a claim for possession in the
County Court or in the High Court.

The Occupiers

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