Landlords who have vacant properties should beware of squatters, it has been reported.

Aviva advised today (January 14th) that landlords should ensure that they have the correct legal expenses cover incase squatters enter their property.

Underwriting manager for the company Mike Colmans said: "Although squatting is more prevalent in domestic properties, landlords and commercial property owners with empty buildings are equally at risk."

Gaining an interim possession order from the courts in order to remove squatters can be costly for landlords, he advised.

Tips on how to protect property from such dangers include perimeter fencing, extra lighting and improved security systems such as locks and alarms.

Mr Colmans added that even the most obvious measures should not be overlooked by landlords.

Buy to let owners should regularly check all houses and sites they own and show that they have taken all the appropriate measures to guard against squatters.

If landlords find somebody squatting in their properties they should contact their local council, the government advises.

Written by John WeeksADNFCR-2002-ID-19558340-ADNFCR

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