Putting people into London’s empties

(taken from http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/04/396666.html)

As part of days of action for squats and autonomous space a squatters estate agents was been set up in a newly opened squat in the centre of London. It consisted of display of eighteen empty properties ranging from abandoned houses and flats, to empty pubs, shops and even government buildings. Some would suit small residential squats and others grand large scale housing communities, squat cafes, freeshops or social centres. Along with photos of each property, details were given about their location, history and suitability for squatting.

Squatters Estate Agents, putting people places
Squatters Estate Agents, putting people places

Map aids London Squatter
Map aids London Squatter

Checking out the properties available in the squatters estate agency
Checking out the properties available in the squatters estate agency

... the entrance area ...
… the entrance area …

... with the Squatters Estate Agents ...
… with the Squatters Estate Agents …

A flip chart next to the display quickly filled with additional suggestions for possible future squats and a long list of people seeking other people to squat with. We don’t know yet but people did arrange to meet and it seems likely that new homes have or will be created as a result of the project.

The display boards were also on display at other autonomous spaces over the weekend, including the Hackney Social Centre.

Lots of people seemed to really appreciate the idea and it worked on multiple levels. Not only did it provide a practical and up to date list of a few possible places people might go off and squat but it also showed how many properties sit empty for years doing nothing while properties developers wait to cash in. It also started to present and document bits of recent squat history.

It’s now planned to continue and maintain the project, adding more properties and arranging specific estate agents open days when people can meet up to go view properties together. If you’d like to contribute to the project or have a copy of the display for your put up at your space then contact the.rampart AT gmail DOT com . Feel free to send in photos and details of any empties you know of.

Warning: your home is at risk if you do not keep up your occupation at all times and replace any existing locks secured on it.
For information and advice visit the Advisory Service for Squatters. 84b, Whitechapel High St, 020 3216 0099 http://squatter.org.uk/


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