You can easily be ejected and arrested if you are squatting in Bolton.
Squatting refers to the occupation of property or land in Bolton without owner's or tenant's consent.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Farnworth, Bury, or Westhoughton.
If you're poor, it's not a long-term solution as you're almost certainly going to be evicted from the Bolton property and charged.
If you continue living on a property in Greater Manchester after the expiration of your license or tenancy, that's not squatting.
Squatting in a residential property in Bolton is considered a criminal offence.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Go to jail in Bolton for about 6 months
Pay a fine of up to £5,000
You should not be prosecuted in Greater Manchester if you:
Continued to live in a premise in Bolton after your tenancy ended
You truly went into a premise in Greater Manchester believing that you are a tenant only to find out that you were conned by a fake renting agent
Are living on an unapproved site in Bolton as a traveller or a gypsy
You can be easily removed as a squatter in Bolton if:
The Greater Manchester police feel there is no need for an arrest
The property owner in Westhoughton, Bury, or Farnworth doesn't want to get the police involved
They are living in business premises in Bolton
The landlord in Bolton has the power to go into the property to change the locks whilst you are not there.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Bolton, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Greater Manchester to vacate.
Use of violence or threat against you is illegal.
The landowner should serve a print of ownership claim forms either via a letterbox or have it placed on the door of the squatter 5 days before the court hearings in Greater Manchester or 2 days for people staying in commercial premises.
These must include a form of defence and information of the court hearing's location and time.
But if you are not squatting in Bolton, you must challenge the owner's case.
This can be done by taking back the defence form to the court and attending the hearing in Bolton on the specified date.
However, if you are squatting, you will be ordered by the court in Greater Manchester to vacate the property in Bolton without delay.
If you refuse to move on the property owner will request bailiffs from the Greater Manchester court to remove you.
Squatters in Bury, Farnworth, or Westhoughton are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Bolton.
The Greater Manchester council should provide you with advice on how to find somewhere to stay in Bolton.
Some areas in Greater Manchester offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
The council in Bolton may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
But if you are under immigration or residency restrictions, for instance, you are seeking asylum in Farnworth, Westhoughton, or Bury or immigration status is showing that you don't have any access to public funds then Council is not bound to provide you with emergency or long-term housing solution.
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