Squatting, without a doubt, can lead to an eviction and arrest in Bexley.
Squatting refers to the occupation of property or land in Bexley without owner's or tenant's consent.
Many take squatting as the last option when there is no other suitable alternative in Barnehurst, Belvedere, or Bexley.
It is not a long-term solution as most probably you will be evicted from the property in Bexley and arrested.
You are not a squatter if you stayed on the property in Greater London after the end of license or tenancy.
It is a crime to squat in a residential property in Bexley.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Prison in Bexley for up to 6 months
Fined up to £5000
They will not arrest you in Greater London if you:
Living on the property in Bexley after your tenancy or you licence expired
Believed you are renting the Greater London property legally- for instance, a fake property agent leased you a property when they shouldn't have
You are a traveller or gypsy living on an unauthorized area in Bexley
They will evict you as a squatter in Bexley easily if:
The Greater London police do not want to arrest you
The landowner in Barnehurst, Bexley, or Belvedere has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
They are living in business premises in Bexley
The landlord in Bexley has the power to go into the property to change the locks whilst you are not there.
The landlord in Bexley would usually have to get a court order in Greater London if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
Use of violence or threat against you is illegal.
The property owner must give a copy of possession claim papers either through the letterbox or post it on the squatter's door at least five days prior to the court proceedings in Greater London or two days for those living in a commercial building.
This must include a form for defence, and the date and other court hearing details.
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Bexley.
This is achieved by returning to the court, the defence form, and attending the hearing at court in Bexley.
The court in Greater London will ask you to immediately leave the property in Bexley if you're a squatter.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from Greater London to evict you.
If you are a Squatter in Barnehurst, Belvedere, or Bexley, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Bexley.
If you are single and homeless you must be advised on finding someplace to stay in Bexley by the Greater London council.
Sometimes emergency help may provide you with temporary shelter in Greater London through specialist services.
If you are in emergency need such as you are pregnant or have children with you, then the Bexley council must serve you on a priority basis.
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 Belvedere, Barnehurst, or Bexley or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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