Man takes vacation, squatters move in

Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A British man who is in the process of refurbishing his $1.1 million home in London said five squatters moved in while he was visiting his sister.

Connan Gupta, 40, said he decided to take a week off from working on his five bedroom house in London and returned from his sister's house to find his locks had been changed and five out-of-work Italians had moved in with three dogs and two cats, The Daily Mail reported Thursday.

Gupta said police told him they can't intervene because squatting is a civil offense and he has now contacted a lawyer to begin eviction proceedings against the group.

"This is just ridiculous," he said. "Everything's in there. All my worldly possessions, clothes, valuables, and medication I need for a skin condition. It is hellish. I always triple-lock the house and when I went away I made sure everything was locked."

One of the squatters, Valentina, 26, said the group moved in because they do not have jobs and can't afford to pay rent.

"None of us have any money or jobs. I don't feel guilty about being here because no one else had been here for at least two years, the neighbors told us," Valentina said.

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