Traveller Eviction

If you own land, one of your worst fears may be waking up one morning to discover travelers on your property. traveller eviction isn't always easy, although you do have some options.

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Common Law Power


Of course, an obvious first step is to simply ask the travellers to leave; it's just possible that they weren't aware they were trespassing, or may move on if faced with the landowner and the possible threat of further action. However, travellers don't always want to leave peacefully, and any situation should be handled with tact. The next step is to ask a bailiff or professional enforcement agency to take possession of your land, a procedure that doesn't need a court order. The travellers will then have 24 hours in which to leave your property, and this will be communicated to them clearly in writing. The enforcement agency can legally evict the travellers if they don't leave willingly, although this isn't necessarily an easy procedure, and there have been cases in which travellers have made it difficult for anyone to peacefully remove them.


Go Through the County Court


If the presence of an enforcement agency doesn't work, and the travellers refuse to leave, your next step in traveler eviction is to go through the county court to try to get them removed. You need to have clearly asked the travellers to move before you can try to evict them through the county court. Although this method can be effective when it comes to traveler eviction, it can also be quite cumbersome and time consuming. For example, you will actually need to have the names of the travellers in order to serve them an eviction notice, and you will also have to give them at least three days notice to give them the opportunity to attend any hearing. If you end up getting a court order to evict the travellers from your land, they are then legally obligated to leave within 24 hours; if they don't leave, at that point you can call the police to come to your property to arrest them.


Contact the High Court


It can be expensive to take this route to evict travellers from your land, but if you want them gone as soon as possible, it's often the fastest method. However, you may also need the help of a lawyer as you can only adopt this approach under certain circumstances, making it not the first choice of method for most property owners. if you aren't certain how to get your travellers to leave your land, it's recommended that you try one of the first two methods before even thinking about going through the High Court. Of course, it also depends on the number of travellers on your land, how likely they are to vacate your land when asked, and how much trouble and expense you are prepared to go to. In some cases, trying to evict travellers from your property can lead to damage, ill feelings or simply unwanted publicity.