A growing number of young, middle class professionals are taking to the practice due to economic hard times.

The Independent in the UK reports on the increasing number of squatters in the UK who are young, middle class professionals. These people are affected by recession, increase in rents and house prices and take advantage of a number of properties lying vacant due to repossessions.

Squatting is not illegal in England as long as entry to a vacant property is not forced and the people looking to camp on a property exploit this law.

From the Independent:

Experts say the new generation of squatters have a greater understanding of the law and how it can protect them, helped in part by sophisticated legal advice available on the internet.

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