Do you have empty Commercial Buildings?Watch out !

25th January 2013
Do you have empty Commercial Buildings?Watch out ! image

Do you have empty Commercial Buildings? Watch out

New rules came into force this year (2012) making it a criminal offence to squat in residential buildings.  As a result of this new legislation there is some evidence to suggest that squatters have now started to use empty commercial premises.  Calls are now being made for the legislation to be extended to cover commercial properties as well as residential.

Unfortunately, squatting in non-residential properties is only a civil wrong so the only option for owners of commercial properties who find their premises occupied by squatters is to issue Court proceedings in the civil Courts.  Owners of residential properties who find their property invaded by squatters can simply call the Police to deal with the matter.

If therefore you have commercial properties which are unoccupied at the present time then you would be well advised to take steps to ensure the premises are as secure as possible to avoid having to take lengthy, protracted and expensive Court proceedings to remove squatters.

For any further information or assistance in this area please contact Gemma Mayer on 01775 722261 or email gemma.mayer@maplessolicitors.com or contact James Turner on 01775 722261 or email james.turner@maplessolicitors.com.


How long do I have to wait for a divorce? image

How long do I have to wait for a divorce?

You can apply for a divorce immediately, but that does mean that you would have to do so on the basis of your spouse’s  adultery or behaviour. While that does not sound very appealing and may cause some argument, we can limit what you have to say about your spouse, and also send them a draft petition before we send it off to make the situation as amicable as possible.

If you have been separate for 2 years or more, then you can apply for a divorce with your spouse’s  consent without the need to prove any adultery or behaviour; if your spouse left you 2 years ago or more you can apply on the basis of ‘desertion’ without their consent and also if you have been separated for 5 years or more you can apply for divorce in the same way

In terms of how long the divorce might actually take, it does vary case to case, however it may take around 6 months from start to finish and in some cases longer although in the meantime progress can be made in sorting out finances

Our expert family team will be able to give you an estimate of time once they know more about your case and are happy to help with your divorce. If you would like further advice, please call 01775 722261 to arrange a meeting, or email anita.toal@maplessolicitors.com

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