Squatting in England and Wales 'should be illegal'
4 July 2011 Last updated at 06:28 BST
Squatting, already illegal in Scotland, could become a criminal offence in England and Wales under government proposals.
Government ministers have described squatting as anti-social, undesirable and unfair, and a change in the law could affect an estimated 20,000 people.
Richard Westcott reports.