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Squatting law about fairness, says justice minister

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From Saturday, squatters residing in any empty residential property in England and Wales will face a maximum six months in jail, and a £5,000 fine.

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt told the Today programme that the new law is about "justice and fairness for homeowners".

He said it was "nice and clear" and does not "put people to the expense of having to use the civil law to evict people from their home".


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