Home-Made: the misery the government can cause

Ever wanted to know who the squatters really are? Well here’s a beautiful cartoon by Kate Evans, telling the story of some of the victims of the government’s attack.

A small point of clarification: A tenant in arrears is not a squatter, they are still a tenant entitled to legal protection. However, landlords and development companies often raise rents extortionately in the knowledge that their tenants will not be able to pay. This can then be used as a pretext for evicting them and profiteering from the eventual sale of the properties. Those in such a position will often be denied housing by local authorities and be unable to rent privately because of the prohibitively high deposits and rent demanded by private landlords. This leaves them little option but to squat.