The Lives of Squatters and How Squatting Looks Like in Leeds, UK
The lives of squatters and how squatting looks like in Leeds, UK, is an incredible photos series documenting how ‘the other side’ actually goes about its business. England has seen an increase in houses being squatted by people from all around the world, and the results scare some people, while for others it’s considered a blessing in disguise.
During the world economic crisis (2009 – 2013), Ricky Adam documented the lives of squatters in the city of Leeds, England (UK). He called the series ‘Edge of Living’ and tries to reveal how life in squatted homes looks like on a daily basis.
“If anything, the recession was an enabler,” Ricky Adam says of that time period, ”banks were repossessing houses at a ferocious rate. Properties lay vacant all over the city. At one point, there were at least five different squat houses all within a mile of each other, some literally streets away from the next.”
“In 2012 a law was passed in the UK to make squatting residential houses illegal, before, evicting squatters was part of civil law,” Ricky Adam adds. “Whoever owned the property had to go through the courts to evict, a process that could take three to six months. Now, the police have the power to arrest and remove squatters, then and there, no questions asked. I know people reading this may disagree with squatting in general, but you have to understand there are many vacant buildings in and around Leeds, that have been lying vacant for years. This group only lived in buildings that had been empty for a long, long time.”
Squatting has become more and more difficult over the past few years and the houses featured in the series are completely empty by now, and probably only inhabited by rodents.
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Be sure to check out the entire series on Ricky Adam’s official website.
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