Squatters in Bath are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
Squatting implies entering a property in Bath and living there without getting the permission of the owner of the property.
If you're homeless, the squatting in Abbas Combe, Burton, or Bath isn't a long-term option for you.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from Bath and probably arrested by the police.
You are not considered a squatter if, after your tenancy expires, you remain in the property in Somerset.
Squatting in Bath within a residential premise is considered a crime.
It is likely you will get arrested and convicted of:
Spend up to 6 months in prison in Bath
Pay a fine of up to £5,000
However, you can avoid the arrest in Somerset if:
Stayed on in the house in Bath after your tenancy ended
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Somerset genuinely being a tenant
Living on an unauthorized site in Bath as a traveller or gypsy
As a Bath squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
The Somerset police are not ready to carry out an arrest
The property owner in Abbas Combe, Burton, or Bath doesn't want to involve the police
Squatters are residing in the premises of commercial property in Bath
The Bath property owner may change the locks to the squatter's room(s) while the latter is away.
If in the property in Bath there is anyone present, if you refuse to leave the owner must get an order from the court in Somerset.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
Owners must serve you with form copy of possession claims through the letterbox or paste it on the front door minimum 5 days before the scheduled court hearing in Somerset, or 2 days for commercial places.
Remember defence forms and court hearing date and time must be included in this copy.
If you happen not to be a squatter in Bath, you will have to challenge the case of the property owner.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Bath.
The court in Somerset will ask you to immediately leave the property in Bath if you're a squatter.
If you refuse to move on the property owner will request bailiffs from the Somerset court to remove you.
If you are a Squatter in Abbas Combe, Bath, or Burton, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Bath.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Somerset will give you advice about finding a place to live in Bath.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Somerset as opposed to sleeping rough.
The council in Bath may have to provide you with emergency housing if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Abbas Combe, Burton, or Bath or if you cannot benefit from public funds due to your immigration status, then the council is under no obligation to make emergency or extended-period housing provisions for you.
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