Blame Smiffy the Ferret, but this is a question that has puzzled me on and off for ages. Every now and then in the news there are stories of people going away for the week end, or on holiday and coming home to find squatters have moved in. All well and bad, but is there any time minimum for squatters to claim squatting rights? E.g you go out shopping for an hour or two, and come back, locks are changed and squatters are changing the curtains. Or you are putting the bins out on the street, so are off the premises albeit by a couple of yards, door open or not locked, chummy leaps in whilst your back is turned, and again new curtains are on the agenda. So is that the case? Round these parts it is an unlikely scenario, but the legal world is always full of expensive suprises.