What about business premises?

Business premises are considered to be the same as a secondary residence. The term “secondary residence” should be understood to mean all built immovable property (apartments, houses, commercial, business or industrial premises, etc.) that does not constitute the primary residence, i.e. the home of the owner subject to squatting. Learn more about squatted secondary property.

Is there a difference between a primary residence and a secondary residence?

It is imperative to distinguish squatting in a secondary residence from squatting in a primary residence. The two instances correspond to completely distinct legal systems.  In effect, squatting cannot be considered home invasion unless the squatted property was established as a primary residence at the point in time when the squatter moved onto the premises. … Read More

Why does the procedure to expel squatters take so long?

Squatting places two fundamental rights in opposition to each other: the right to property and the right to lodging. Squatting cannot be considered home invasion unless the squatted property was established as a primary residence at the point in time when the squatter moved there. The Court of Cassation (criminal division, 22 January 1997, 95-81.186) … Read More