THIS IS A NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
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)).
THAT it was clearly the intention of Parliament to exclude public houses from the
legislation. This was made clear by the consultation document which stated on page
38 that “the Government will not seek to criminalise squatting in non-residential
buildings, such as disused factories, warehouses or pubs”
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.
N.B. Signing this Legal Warning is optional. It is equally valid whether or not it is signed.