Keep your property safe
3 July 2023
Here are a few preventive tips to keep your property safe from potential squatters :
- Remember to empty your letterbox regularly, as this is a sign that your property is occupied.
- If you are not at home:
- Notify someone from "Voisins Vigilants".
- For isolated residences, remember to register with the National Police under "Operation Tranquillité Vacances".
- Keep the shutters open and don't let anyone know you're away (especially not on social networks)
- Remember to put double locks on your front door
- Use an alarm or video surveillance system company
- Make sure the fences and gates around your home are in good working order and well maintained
- Regularly check the lock on the main door of your property
- Keep your name visible on your letterbox and door
- Keep a water and electricity contract in your name at the residence
- Watch out for signs on the door (spray-painted red crosses, pieces of tape, scraps of paper in the doorway).
- Keep your property furnished, with all the furniture you need to live in it (table, sofa, bed, etc.)
- Remember to take out legal protection with your home insurance to cover bailiff's, court and lawyer's fees.
- Check with your insurance company to make sure that they take out legal expenses cover.
- Remember to take out legal protection with your home insurance to cover bailiff, court and lawyer fees.
- Check with your insurance company that they cover theft and vandalism.
Please note: a tenant present in the property after the end of their lease and without the owner's permission is not a squatter. A person who has been accommodated with the owner's consent and who remains in the property is not considered to be a squatter either.
The owner of the squatted residence, like the tenant, is the holder of a residential lease and has the right to take steps to evict the squatter from the flat concerned.