FOIs: Property Guardian Companies

The results of three freedom of information requests submitted to Lambeth, Wandsworth, and Southwark councils in March 2018. 1. Number of building under council stewardship which are currently being protected by property guardian companies Lambeth - 10 Southwark - 9 Wandsworth - 9 2. The titles of said companies and the details of arrangements with … Continue reading FOIs: Property Guardian Companies


Response to Gov Consultation on Unauthorised Encampments (June 2018)

'Alternatives to Criminalization - Response to the UK Government Public Consultation on Powers for Dealing with Unauthorised Developments And Encampments, April 2018' Samuel Burgum & Ryan Powell, Department of Urban Studies & Planning, University of Sheffield, June 2018 Download: Word Doc Leeds GATE Response: PDF Public Consultation Doc: PDF

Project Update: The story so far…

Funded until October 2020, I find myself in the incredibly privileged position of having space, time and resources to research squatting and housing movements in London, and have been trying to make the most of this opportunity both for myself and (importantly) put the project at the service of those activists and campaigners who are … Continue reading Project Update: The story so far…

Homeless People; Peopleless Homes

'the ownership of a property is a secondary consideration to the fact that it is empty’ (Post-War Squatters, cited in Watson, 2016, p. 101), Despite promises that the free market can allocate resources fairly and efficiently according to principle of supply and demand, ensuring that each get what they need (but most importantly, 'deserve'); the … Continue reading Homeless People; Peopleless Homes

Family Squatting Campaign, 1968

I recently finished Ron Bailey's The Squatters which was published as a Penguin special edition in 1973. The book is a first-hand account that captures one of the earliest attempts I have come across to build on the UK's post-war squatting movement and establish a formal squatting campaign in London, centering around four main aims: An immediate aim to rehouse … Continue reading Family Squatting Campaign, 1968