Clients need to be aware of a new scam whereby squatters move in and start trading from empty commercial premises. In Bath a group recently took over an empty store and immediately started running a retail business.

Property experts say that people from London are going round the country identifying likely sites and they then arrange for a friendly locksmith to change the locks and leave the doors unsecured. The squatters move in and when the police arrive they say the doors were open. It is then a civil matter and police involvement is limited.

Retailers are already suffering in the economic downturn and the last thing town centre traders need is competitors who pay no rent and rates! Always keep a careful eye on your empty building and if you need unoccupied home insurance contact click4quote insurance