You can be easily evicted and arrested if you are a squatter in Burnley.
Squatting means going inside a property in Burnley and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Cliviger, Brownside, or Dunnockshaw.
Just bear in mind that you will be evicted and arrested for entering the premises in Burnley.
You are not classed as a squatter if you have stayed in a property in Lancashire when our lease has finished.
It is a criminal offence in Burnley to squat on a private property.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Prison in Burnley for up to 6 months
Fined up to £5,000
You may not be arrested in Lancashire if you are:
You were residing in the property of rent in Burnley after the expiry of your tenancy or license
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Lancashire genuinely being a tenant
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Burnley
Eviction of squatters in Burnley is possible if:
The Lancashire police feel there is no need for an arrest
The landowner in Brownside, Dunnockshaw, or Cliviger has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
You make a commercial premise your home in Burnley
It is the responsibility of the Burnley owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Burnley, the landlord will have to first get a Lancashire court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
The owner of the property is bound to deliver copy of documents with possession claim to the squatter through post or letterbox no less than five days before the proceedings of the court in Lancashire or at least two days before in case of a commercialized property.
The documents must contain the information about place and date of hearing in the court and also defence form.
You will have to challenge the owner's claim if you are not a squatter in Burnley.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Burnley.
If the Lancashire court rules that you are a squatter, you would be ordered to vacate the Burnley property within a short timeframe.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Lancashire to evict you.
Squatters in Brownside, Cliviger, or Dunnockshaw 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 Burnley.
If you are homeless and unmarried, the Lancashire council would advise you on how to find a place to live in Burnley.
There are certain areas in Lancashire with specialist services to provide emergency assistance to eliminate sleeping rough.
If you are in emergency need such as you are pregnant or have children with you, then the Burnley council must serve you on a priority 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 Brownside, Cliviger, or Dunnockshaw or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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