Squatters in Birmingham can be at risk of being arrested.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Birmingham owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting in Acocks Green, Deritend, or Balsall Heath is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
Just bear in mind that you will be evicted and arrested for entering the premises in Birmingham.
One is not regarded as a squatter when still staying on the property or land in West Midlands upon expiry of the leasehold or license.
Don't forget living in someone's property in Birmingham without permission is a crime.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Go to jail in Birmingham for about 6 months
Up to £ 5,000 fined
However, you won't be arrested in West Midlands if you are:
You are living in the property in Birmingham after tenancy expired
Genuinely moved into a property in West Midlands thinking you were a tenant, but you were cheated by a bogus renting agent
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unapproved site in Birmingham
As a Birmingham squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
The West Midlands police do not want to arrest you
The property owner in Deritend, Acocks Green, or Balsall Heath doesn't want to get the police involved
You stay on a commercial property in Birmingham
Locks can be changed by the owner in Birmingham while you were not in the property.
When you or any other squatter continue to remain on the property in Birmingham against the landowner's wishes, a West Midlands court order will be gotten.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
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 West Midlands is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
If you happen not to be a squatter in Birmingham, you will have to challenge the case of the property owner.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Birmingham.
If you are actually an unauthorised occupant, you may be compelled by court in West Midlands to immediately move out of the Birmingham property.
In case you decline to move from the property, the owner can request court bailiffs in West Midlands to escort you out.
Squatters in Acocks Green, Deritend, or Balsall Heath are generally regarded as homeless people since they do not have any right to stay at the place which belongs o you.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Birmingham.
The West Midlands council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Birmingham if you are homeless and also single.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in West Midlands.
In some situation, the council in Birmingham may need to give you emergency shelter if you are deemed as a priority case (pregnant, with children, or in danger).
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Acocks Green, Balsall Heath, or Deritend or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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