Rebel Artists Raid Multi-Million Pound London Mansions
A band of rebel artists has taken squatting to a whole new level. Instead of empty flats, they are now raiding multi-million dollar London mansions.
A group of squatters calling themselves the “Da! Collective” have successfully invaded a Mayfair mansion, owned by the billionaire Duke of Westminster, valued at £6.25million.
The group is not new to squatting - they brag of a “property portfolio” which, if it actually belonged to them, would be worth up to £100million. The rebels were able to take over the property under the noses of armed police by posing as builders in high visibility jackets.
Think that the Da! Collective are just common criminals? The law states otherwise. The mastermind behind this group, architecture student Simon McAndrew, told the press, “Squatting is not a criminal offence. If the owners want to kick us out they’ll have to apply for an eviction notice.”
According to The Daily Mail, under existing laws, squatters can claim ownership of a property if the original owner has not tried to claim it back for 12 years.