Squatters in Bedford are prone to being easily evicted and arrested.
Squatting is when a person deliberately gains access to your property in Bedford and starts living there without the owner's or the tenant's consent.
If you are homeless in Ampthill, Bedford, or Kempston, this is usually a last resort for you.
It can not prove to be a long-standing option for homeless people as they are most likely to be evicted from Bedford or arrested by police.
However, you live in a property in Bedfordshire after your tenancy or license is expired then you cannot be termed as a squatter.
You'd be committing a criminal offense if you're squatting in a residential property in Bedford.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Sent to prison in Bedford for a maximum of six months
Charges up to £5,000
You should not be prosecuted in Bedfordshire if you:
Stayed on the property in Bedford following the end of your tenancy or license
Began living in the Bedfordshire property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
You are living on an unauthorized area in Bedford as a gypsy or traveller
A squatter in Bedford can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Bedfordshire
The property holder in Ampthill, Bedford, or Kempston is reluctant to involve the police
They are staying in commercial premises in Bedford
The owner in Bedford, while you're all out, can enter and change the locks.
If you're refusing to leave the Bedford property, the owner must get the Bedfordshire court order to carry out the eviction.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten or apply violence during eviction.
The landlord needs to give a possession claim form copy to the squatters (either by post or attaching to the door) at least five days before the court hearing in Bedfordshire is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
The forms must have a defence form and information about the venue and time of the court hearing.
But if you are not squatting in Bedford, you must challenge the owner's case.
That can be done by returning the defence form to the court and going to the court hearing in Bedford.
If you are a squatter, you will be ordered by the court in Bedfordshire to leave the land in Bedford on the earliest basis.
Failure to vacate, the owner must ask the court bailiffs in Bedfordshire to remove you.
Squatters in Ampthill, Bedford, or Kempston are also called homeless because you cannot claim the right to own a place where you are living.
You can apply to your local council in Bedford for assistance as a homeless person.
The Bedfordshire council should be able to give you advice on where you can find a place to live in Bedford if you're homeless and single.
Sometimes emergency help may provide you with temporary shelter in Bedfordshire through specialist services.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Bedford may help you with emergency housing.
However, the council won't help you with long-term or emergency housing if you have residential or immigration restrictions, for instance, if you're an asylum seeker in Ampthill, Bedford, or Kempston or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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