Squatters in Barnet can be at risk of being arrested.
Unlawful entry into a property in Barnet and staying there without consent from the owner is called squatting.
Squatting is usually the last resort in Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt, or Potters Bar when you are homeless.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Barnet premises and sent to the bars by the police.
If you lived in a property in Greater London after your tenancy or licence came to an end you are considered as a squatter.
Squatting in a private property in Barnet without permission qualifies as criminal offense.
Squatting can get you arrested and if convicted, you may:
Be imprisoned in Barnet to a maximum of 6 months
Levy you for up to £5,000
However, you cannot be arrested as a squatter in Greater London if:
You are living in the property in Barnet after tenancy expired
You have been deceived into thinking you were a tenant, for instance, if you have rented a property in Greater London from a fraudulent agent
You are a traveller or gipsy living on an unauthorized site in Barnet
You can be removed as a squatter in Barnet if:
The police in Greater London are not willing to arrest them
The owner of the property in Potters Bar, Waltham Abbey, or Cheshunt finds no reason to report to the authority
You are staying in a commercial property in Barnet
The owner in Barnet can lock you out of the property whilst you are not there.
The owner can get a court order in Greater London if you or another squatter refuse to leave the property in Barnet.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten or apply violence during eviction.
The owner must send a copy of their possession claim documents via the letterbox or attach it to the front door at least 5 days to the court hearing in Greater London (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
The forms must have a defence form and information about the venue and time of the court hearing.
In case you are not a unlawful tenant in Barnet, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Barnet.
However, if you are squatting, you will be ordered by the court in Greater London to vacate the property in Barnet without delay.
In case you decline to move from the property, the owner can request court bailiffs in Greater London to escort you out.
Squatters in Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt, or Potters Bar are classed as homeless as they have no where to stay.
Since you don't have somewhere to go to, it would be wise to apply to the local council in Barnet for help as a homeless person.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Greater London will give you advice about finding a place to live in Barnet.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Greater London as opposed to sleeping rough.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Barnet can offer you emergency housing.
But the council will not provide an immigrant who is seeking asylum in Cheshunt, Potters Bar, or Waltham Abbey an emergency or permanent housing because you do not have a right to public funds.
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