Squatters in Blackpool are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
If you enter someone's property in Blackpool and live there without their consent and permission, you are squatting.
Squatting is normally a last resort for homeless people in Fleetwood, Lytham St Anne's, or Blackpool.
Also, it shouldn't be taken as a long-term option if you are already homeless as squatters are liable to be evicted from Blackpool and arrested if need be.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Lancashire after your tenancy or licence ended.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Blackpool.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Sent to jail in Blackpool for up to 6 months
Charges up to £5,000
You will not get arrested in Lancashire if:
Stayed on the property in Blackpool following the end of your tenancy or license
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in Lancashire thinking you were a tenant
Are a Traveller residing on an unauthorised land in Blackpool
It is easy to evict a squatter in Blackpool under the following conditions:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Lancashire
The landowner in Blackpool, Fleetwood, or Lytham St Anne's has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
Living in commercial premises in Blackpool
It is the responsibility of the Blackpool owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
In case a squatter in a property in Blackpool refuse to move out, the owner may seek a court injunction in Lancashire.
If the owner threatens you or uses the violence to evict you, it is completely illegal.
The property owner must attach a copy of their possession claim to the front door of the house or post it through the letterbox at least five days before the court hearing in Lancashire.
The details in the forms must include the time and place of the court hearing, as well as the defence form.
In case you are not a squatter in Blackpool, then you can challenge the owner's claim of property possession.
This can be done by taking the defence form to the court and attending the court hearing in Blackpool.
If you are actually an unauthorised occupant, you may be compelled by court in Lancashire to immediately move out of the Blackpool property.
The owner can take help from court bailiffs in Lancashire if you don't leave the property after court orders.
Squatters in Fleetwood, Blackpool, or Lytham St Anne's are classed as homeless as they have no where to stay.
You can apply to your local council in Blackpool for assistance as a homeless person.
If you're single and homeless, the Lancashire council is going to advise you about where you can find a place to stay in Blackpool.
The council may also consider providing you with some emergency housing in Lancashire rather than sleeping on the streets.
In case you have urgent needs to be met for instance, you are pregnant or have children with you, the local council in Blackpool can assist in providing housing on emergency basis.
But the council will not provide an immigrant who is seeking asylum in Blackpool, Lytham St Anne's, or Fleetwood an emergency or permanent housing because you do not have a right to public funds.
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