Connan Gupta returned from a week’s vacation to find squatters occupying his home in Southeast London. According to Mr. Gupta, he had left the premises locked while it was being refurbished, only to return to a squatters rights notice posted on the window, the locks changed, and 15 jobless Italian students possessing the property. The squatters claim that the front door was open when they arrived at the house and were told by the neighbors that no one had lived there for 2 years. In the UK, squatting is apparently a civil rather than a criminal offense, and so Mr. Gupta has no recourse with the police. He must wait for an eviction hearing to reclaim his home. What I do not understand is how there is no criminal action that can be taken. Does burglary not apply?