Gordon Ramsay’s Property Invaded by Squatters

(ReliableNews.org) – Squatters have become a major problem in the United States. It’s so bad states have started passing laws to tackle the issue head-on. It’s not just a problem facing property owners in America, the United Kingdom is having trouble with it, too.

The site of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s former pub York & Albany was put on the market in December. Ramsay and the site’s freeholder, Gary Love, were locked in legal battles with one another. Ultimately, they decided to sell the former 19th-century coaching inn, which is located near Regent’s Park in London. It was listed for $16 million (£13m).

Squatters took over the property and boarded up the windows. According to reports, they put a legal notice on the building defending their right to take over. The Guardian revealed two people in masks and black tracksuits walked out of the building on April 13. The newspaper reported the individuals had carrier bags and backpacks as they left the building.

The notice on the door stated the squatters had a right to occupy the pub because it wasn’t a residential building, which exempted it from a 2012 law that made squatting a criminal offense. The paper, signed by “the occupiers” also said there was at least one person inside the building at all times. Ironically, the squatters went on to say that if anyone tried to enter without their permission, they’d be committing a crime. Further, they warned they’d prosecute anyone who tried to enter by threatening them or using violence. That could lead to a prison sentence of up to six months.

The group of squatters has renamed the site the “Camden Art Cafe” and plans to turn the building into an art gallery and cafe, where they will welcome “victims of gentrification.”

London’s Metropolitan Police are aware of the ongoing situation. However, the department told Business Insider it’s a “civil matter.”

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