If you are a squatter in Barking, you risk being evicted easily or arrested.
Squatting means going inside a property in Barking and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
Squatting is generally used as the final option by a homeless individual in Cranbrook, Barking, or Loughton.
This option is a temporary measure if you are homeless as you will be evicted by the property owner in Barking and you may be arrested or fined.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Greater London after the end of the tenancy term or license.
It is a crime to squat in a residential property in Barking.
You can be arrested and convicted and you may be:
Be sentenced up to 6 months in Barking
Get a fine of £5000 maximum
You should not be arrested in Greater London if you:
Staying on a property in Barking after your license or tenancy ended
Living on a property in Greater London you think you genuinely rented but were deceived by a fraudulent agent who had no right to rent the place out to you
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Barking
Eviction of squatters in Barking is possible if:
The police in Greater London don't wish to arrest you
The owner of the property in Loughton, Cranbrook, or Barking will not involve the police
You are staying in a commercial property in Barking
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Barking can change locks.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Barking, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Greater London to vacate.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
The owner needs to attach the copy of their possession claim forms to the front door at least 5 days before court hearing in Greater London, or 2 days for those situated on commercial premises.
Remember defence forms and court hearing date and time must be included in this copy.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in Barking.
Do this by applying to trial the defensive form and heading to court hearing in Barking.
However, if you are squatting, you will be ordered by the court in Greater London to vacate the property in Barking without delay.
If you refuse to leave the property, then the landlord needs to ask the official Greater London court bailiffs to remove you from the premises.
Squatters in Cranbrook, Barking, or Loughton are categorised as homeless individuals, as they don't have a place to live in.
If you are a squatter, apply to the local council in Barking to receive help as homeless individual.
The Greater London council will give you advice about how to find a place to stay in Barking if you are single and homeless.
In some Greater London areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Barking may help you with emergency housing.
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Loughton, Cranbrook, or Barking or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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