TfL Housing

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At a recent Community Action Group meeting, the subject of squatters and the problems they bring to the empty homes along the A406 was raised. A TfL officer suggested that once squatters are removed the homes should be made untenable by pulling the roofs off. Is this TfL's official answer to the problem?


Answer for TfL Housing

Answer for TfL Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is not TfL's official answer to the problem. At a recent Community Action Group meeting a TfL representative was recorded in the official minutes as informing those present that that there is always a possibility of partial demolition e.g. the removal of the roof etc' for a building that is ultimately going to be demolished. TfL would only usually consider demolition of a roof if it was badly damaged and presented a hazard to safety if left in it's current condition. Removal of a roof will often lead to further damage to other existing structures and is rarely taken forward as an option of choice. Once a possession order has been made, TfL will arrange to meet at the premises with the court's sheriff or bailiffs and the local or community police, and once the squatters are evicted, immediately arrange for the property to be secured.