Company X, through a previous business acquisition and merger of two sites, found themselves with a building temporarily unoccupied, prior to planned improvements later in the year.
The business, which had Temple legal expenses insurance cover, became aware squatters had moved into the empty property and reported this to the local police. Unfortunately squatting in commercial properties is not a criminal offence and the police were not able to assist.
Temple arranged for an experienced property solicitor to urgently obtain a court order to evict the squatters.
Once this had happened, Company X was able to secure the property and install security cameras and lighting to prevent further problems.