London squatters target Saudi & other billionaires empty mansions

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Jan 25 01:21:32 GMT 2012

King James Bible:  Isaiah 5:9 - In mine ears said 
the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall 
be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

Squatters: Owners of empty homes in ‘Billionaires’ Row’ urged to sell
by Josh Pettitt, Reporter - Monday, January 23, 2012
Owners of large, empty detached houses in 
“Billionaires’ Row” have been urged to sell up 
following a spate of high-profile squatting cases in Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Squatters were caught last month trying to enter 
a derelict home in The Bishops Avenue, believed 
to be owned by the Saudi royal family.
Enormous homes in the exclusive road, which runs 
between Highgate and Hampstead Garden Suburb, are 
targets for squatters willing to brave high 
fences and 24-hour security, claim neighbours.
In December, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and 
Cllr John Marshall led calls for the Democratic 
Republic of Congo to put its £4million house in 
Holne Chase on the market after it fell victim to squatters.
A £10million mansion in Winnington Close linked 
to the Gaddafi family is also being occupied.
Frank Townsend, director of Savills in Hampstead, 
said London is an economic “safe haven” for overseas buyers.
But Dr Saul Zadka, who organised the storming of 
the Gaddafi house last year as a political 
statement, claims properties in the capital are 
bought by foreign buyers as places of refuge.
Dr Zadka, who is a trustee of the Suburb Trust, 
said: “While they keep these houses for a rainy 
day, they become a nuisance to the real people, 
of which the number is dwindling. It was a 
glamorous place not so long ago. The owners 
should be forced out or told they cannot leave it empty all the time.”
A security guard for security consultants Freeway 
Securities Limited said four mansions, believed 
to be owned by the Saudi royal family, had not been lived in for a few years.
The sprawling grounds have become overgrown after 
gardeners and landscapers were let go.
A pensioner, who has lived opposite a now-empty 
mansion in The Bishops Avenue for 45 years, said: 
“I am greatly concerned about the squatters 
because police can still say it’s a civil matter 
if someone complains. It should be illegal and 
it’s a bit of a worry that people could try their 
luck at my home if I go away on holiday.”
Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer has 
campaigned for squatting to be criminalised and 
has worked on a bill to change squatters’ rights, 
which is being heard in the House of Lords.
He said: “Just because it’s a large house or 
owned by someone wealthy does not mean they 
should not have the same rights as everyone else 
not to have their house squatted.
“With squatting not being a criminal offence, 
neighbours worry about going on holiday and 
that’s not just the landlord or owner of the 
empty property but the neighbours as well. 
Squatting doesn’t bring empty houses back into 
use – it’s a complete red herring. Who should say 
if it should be occupied if someone buys a 
property and chooses not to live in it? We are in a property-owning democracy.”

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