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Has your property been affected by squatters?

A squatter's house in London
Image caption A house used by squatters in London

There are 20,000 squatters in England, according to government estimates - people unlawfully occupying uninhabited buildings or unused land.

Currently squatting is prosecuted in the civil courts, but the law surrounding it is set to change making it a criminal offence to squat in residential property.

Once the changes come into force people in residential squats can be arrested and will face a £5000 fine or a six month jail sentence.

The proposed date for this change is 1 September. Squatting in a commercial property, however, will remain a civil offence.

Do you own property that has been affected by squatters or is currently being used as a squat? Would you be prepared to speak with BBC News about your experience? If so, please contact us using the form below.

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