A letter from Cllr Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council, Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham is attached.
The letter calls on the government to make commercial squatting illegal, saying;
‘The change in the law last year to criminalise squatting in residential properties has brought a welcome relief to homeowners in Lambeth. Unfortunately, the problem of squatters for commercial property owners has since worsened, and Lambeth has seen an increase in the number of squatters now specifically targeting non-residential buildings. We are writing in support of a change to the law to cover commercial properties, and I am pleased that you are sympathetic to this cause.