Romanians make up nearly half of all those caught breaking new anti-squatting laws in the capital, official police figures show.
A total of 92 people, 41 of them from Romania, have been prosecuted or cautioned for illegally occupying residential buildings in London in the past six months.
The Metropolitan Police has also brought 16 Poles, 13 Britons, six Spaniards and two Nepalese to justice for the offence since the new legislation came into force in September, the Evening Standard reported.
Previously squatting was not a criminal offence in England and Wales, meaning it was up to the property’s owners to use the civil courts to enforce their rights, which could lead to drawn-out and costly legal battles.
The law was changed in response to concerns that squatters were protected by too many powers, leaving some householders feeling powerless to remove them.
By Sam Marsden
The squatting recorded by Scotland Yard was distributed evenly around London, with the highest number of offences in Barking and Dagenham on eight, followed by Barnet and Ealing on six, and Westminster and Croydon on five.