Unauthorised Occupation is the unlawful occupation of a property without the landlord’s permission. An unauthorised Occupier is therefore someone who occupies a property with no lawful right to do so.

The Lawful Occupier (e.g. the tenant) may give someone permission to occupy the property, for example a lodger, or subtenant who may occupy the property without the Landlord’s permission or even a family member who remains in the property after the tenant’s death with no succession rights.

An Unauthorised Occupier could also be someone who may take an unlawful assignment of a property (e.g. an illegal exchange between two parties, or a signing over of a tenancy from one person to another without fulfilling the requirements of a successful assignment).

Squatting is a further and particular type of Unauthorised Occupation. A Squatter is someone who occupies a property without first obtaining permission to do so from either the owner (e.g. the Landlord) or the lawful Occupier (e.g. the Tenant).

For further information please contact the Housing Department on 01727 866100.

Date of last review: 21 October 2016