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.
In the Netherlands, squatting is illegal since October 2010. However, when you do manage to squat a property and have a bed and kitchen table in before the police shows up, you cannot be evicted right away. This is because the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) rules the right on a place to live higher than the right of ownership. That in return means the owner has to go through a court trial to evict you, taking a minimum of 6 weeks. After that you will be faced with a ~250 euro fine though.
- Planet Squat.
- Squat!net provides websites, email and mailing lists for squatters and related projects since 1997.
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