Early day motion 912

COMMERCIAL SQUATTING

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Total number of signatures: 24

Aldous, Peter Amess, David Blackman, Bob Blunt, Crispin
Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Gregory Crouch, Tracey Davies, Philip
Flynn, Paul Glindon, Mary Griffiths, Andrew Hancock, Mike
Henderson, Gordon Hendry, Charles McCartney, Karl Metcalfe, Stephen
Mordaunt, Penny Morris, David Percy, Andrew Reevell, Simon
Simpson, David Walker, Robin Weatherley, Mike Whittaker, Craig

That this House is aware of the huge distinction between the homeless who need our assistance and squatters who choose to occupy property without permission as a lifestyle preference; and acknowledges that more needs to be done to encourage owners of empty buildings to bring them back into use, but ultimately believes that owners of commercial premises - whose properties can be out of use for all sorts of legitimate reasons - should have the same rights as owners of residential premises when it comes to removing squatters.