Squatting is still a great way to find a nice place to stay for a longer period.
Squatting consists of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied area of land and/or a building. In Europe, it is common for buildings to be squatted to be used as social centres. Cafés, bars, libraries, free shops, with many squats also holding parties and concerts. Squats can be really great places for nomads to visit and stay. However,the scene moves quickly, with new squats established and others evicted and closed down.
In some European countries the law could be on your side when squatting, while others may punish you if squatting. Each country and city is differnt, with periods of deline in squatting to golden periods where squatting takes off. Eastern Europe has a long history of squat popularity and decline.
In the Netherlands, squatting has been illegal since October 2010. However, when you do manage to squat a property and have a bed and kitchen table in before the police show up, you cannot be evicted right away. This is because the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the right to a place to live is a higher right than the right of ownership. The owner has to go through a court trial to evict you, which will take a minimum of 6 weeks. After that you will be faced with a ~250 euro fine.
Established squats include De Grote Broek in Nijmegen, De Strijd in Amsterdam, Huize Spoorloos in Emmen, Joe's garage in Amsterdam, Krakaoke in Amsterdam, Squatters Linux User Group in Amsterdam,SW12 in Amsterdam, and Vrankrijk in Amsterdam. Other squate may be listed here.
Established squats include Crea Toulouse, Encres Noires in Toulouse, L'Oukaze in Bordeaux, Les Tanneries in Dijon, Le Palmier in Saint Girons and Transfo in Paris. Other squats may be listed here and here.
- Planet Squat.
- Squat!net provides websites, email and mailing lists for squatters and related projects since 1997.
- Squat!net has a list of book and documents about squatting.
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