Not sure this is the right forum but anyway... Just got a message from a friend saying two lads he knows who are sleeping rough on council owned land have been given a letter saying they have to leave in 24 hours (29/08/2019). I think the council's next move will be to get a court order. what exactly can the council do? what can the court do? these lads are worried bailiffs are going to turn up. The land in question is a sort of alley round the back of a building, out of sight, derelict not open to the public but not exactly secure either. At this point I'm looking for advice/info on what will happen immediately. I have a friend in homeless agency working on other aspects. Cheers! The text of the letter: Dear Occupiers Land to the rear of the former crowtree leisure centre, sunderland I would draw to your attention that; 1. the land which you have entered, as trespassers, is in the ownership of the Council of the City of Sunderland, and 2. No right license or permission to occupy this land has been granted to you by the council You are therefore required to vacate the land as a matter of urgency within 24 hours of the date of this notice [28/08/2019] leaving the land in good and tidy condition. In the event you fail to do so, I must advise that i will initiate legal proceedings to recover possession of the land, the cost of which will be sought against you.