Squatters in Bradford must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
If you enter someone's property in Bradford and live there without their consent and permission, you are squatting.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Bolton, Bradford, or Keighley has when they are homeless.
Squatting is not a long-term answer as you can be evicted from the location in Bradford and arrested at any time.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in West Yorkshire at the end of your tenancy.
If you enter a residential property in Bradford illegally to squat, this is a criminal offence.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Be sentenced up to 6 months in Bradford
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
You won't be arrested in West Yorkshire if you:
Continued living in the same premises in Bradford after the end of tenancy or licence
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in West Yorkshire thinking you were a tenant
You are living on an unauthorized area in Bradford as a gypsy or traveller
They will evict you as a squatter in Bradford easily if:
The West Yorkshire police do not want to arrest you
The owner of the property in Bolton, Keighley, or Bradford finds no reason to report to the authority
They are staying in commercial premises in Bradford
It is the responsibility of the Bradford owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
If you live in the Bradford property alone or with another settler and will not leave, the owner must get a court order in West Yorkshire to evict you.
The owner cannot use violence against you or threaten you.
The owner must send a copy of their possession claim documents via the letterbox or attach it to the front door at least 5 days to the court hearing in West Yorkshire (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You will have to challenge the owner's claim if you are not a squatter in Bradford.
You can challenge this by giving back the defence form and attending the court hearing in Bradford to provide your side to the story.
The court in West Yorkshire will order you to vacate the Bradford property immediately if you are a squatter.
If you don't leave the property, the owner can ask the West Yorkshire court bailiffs to evict you.
As they do not have the right to be living where they are, squatters in Keighley, Bolton, or Bradford are considered as homeless.
Go to your local council in Bradford if you are homeless and ask for help.
The West Yorkshire council will find alternative accommodation in Bradford for you if homeless and single.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in West Yorkshire.
In case you have urgent needs to be met for instance, you are pregnant or have children with you, the local council in Bradford can assist in providing housing on emergency basis.
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Bradford, Bolton, or Keighley or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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