Landlords often have to hire traveller-eviction bailiffs to solve their problem of illegal settlers in the UK, and this led a district council to suggest a national law.
The South Cambridgeshire District Council said that a standard law would help in preventing illegal encampments in certain areas. Other councils may support the proposal, as some of them have spent thousands of pounds on evicting illegal settlers.
North Somerset Council spend more than £8,600 in taxpayer money to remove illegal encampments in 2017-2018. A majority of the costs went to bailiff services. The figure represented a 42 per cent decline from almost £15,000 in evictions costs in 2016-2017.
However, the costs didn’t take other expenses such as clean-up work into account, which means that the real value may even be more expensive. By implementing a national law, there is a chance of reducing the money spent on unnecessary evictions.
In South Cambridgeshire, landlords had to spend an average of £1,000 per eviction. The council believes that a new independent commission should not only oversee the removal of illegal gypsy and traveller caravan sites but also create more legitimate parking spaces.
Some landlords may be fortunate enough not to deal with travellers, but tenants can be a source of headaches as well. A study showed that it might require property owners to spend £2,000 and nine months when pursuing a legal tenant eviction.
This only proves that screening tenants for rental units become more necessary than ever. In some cases, it could be better to let a property remain vacant for a few months instead of having to deal with problematic tenants.
It remains to be seen whether or not the proposal may be an efficient solution for evicting travellers. In the meantime, landlords should seek assistance from traveller-eviction bailiffs when dealing with illegal settlers.