Squatters in Blackburn can be at risk of being arrested.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Blackburn owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting in York, Clitheroe, or Darwen is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
If you're homeless, it isn't a long-term alternative as for sure you will be evicted from the property in Blackburn, and maybe even arrested.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Lancashire after your tenancy or licence ended.
Squatting in a residential property in Blackburn is a criminal act.
You can get arrested and in case you get convicted, you might:
Remand you in Blackburn for up to 6 months
Levy you for up to £5,000
The authorities aren't going to arrest you in Lancashire if you:
Went to stay in the property in Blackburn after your tenancy or licence expired
Genuinely moved into a property in Lancashire thinking you were a tenant, but you were cheated by a bogus renting agent
Are a gypsy living on unauthorized ground in Blackburn
As a squatter in Blackburn, you will be possibly be evicted if:
The police in Lancashire are unwilling to arrest you
The owner of the property in York, Darwen, or Clitheroe does not want to call the police
Living in commercial premises in Blackburn
The landlord in Blackburn may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
If you refuse to leave the Blackburn property, the owner can't threaten or force you out rather, they can get a court order for your eviction in Lancashire.
If the owner threatens you or uses the violence to evict you, it is completely illegal.
In this case, the property owner must post a copy of his possession claim forms through the letterbox or attach the same to the squatter's front door, and this should be done at least five (5) days before the court hearing in Lancashire.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in Blackburn.
Do this by going to the court hearing in Blackburn on the date specified and return the defence forms to the court.
The court in Lancashire will ask you to immediately leave the property in Blackburn if you're a squatter.
The owner can take help from court bailiffs in Lancashire if you don't leave the property after court orders.
If you are a Squatter in York, Darwen, or Clitheroe, 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 Blackburn.
If you are single and homeless you must be advised on finding someplace to stay in Blackburn by the Lancashire council.
There are areas in Lancashire that offer emergency assistance via specialist services as an option to sleeping rough.
The Blackburn council provide emergency housing to those in priority need, such as having vulnerable children and being pregnant.
However, if you have immigration or residences restriction, the council will not offer long-term or emergency housing, for instance, either the status of your immigration indicates 'no recourse to public funds' or you're an asylum seeker in Darwen, Clitheroe, or York.
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