strategy

Squatting

Description:
Taking possession of unoccupied premises without authorization.
Context:
Land prices often form the prohibitive part of shelter costs. In densely inhabited countries, and particularly in urban centres, it appears as if no housing for the lower income brackets is possible. As a result squatting becomes rampant and slums develop as the only option for the least affluent. Often squatters occupy prime land of high value, but cannot be evicted because of political considerations.
Implementation:
In certain circumstances, what was once regarded as trespassing punishable by fine or imprisonment has become peaceful urban coexistence between penniless tenants and landlords waiting for a more favourable property market.
Claim:
1. A way for the homeless to demonstrate the lack of concern by society for their welfare.

2. Squatters keep abandoned buildings in use, often making minor repairs and preventing discouraging damage by vandals.

Counter Claim:
Squatting may result in a forceable ejection or destruction of the premises by legal authorities.
Subjects:
Housing, tenants
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies