If you are squatting in Camden, you could be easily arrested and evicted.
When you start living on a property in Camden without the owner's permission, it will be considered as Squatting.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Childs Hill, Somerstown, or Belsize Park.
It is not a long-term solution as most probably you will be evicted from the property in Camden and arrested.
You are not classed as a squatter if you have stayed in a property in Greater London when our lease has finished.
If you enter a residential property in Camden illegally to squat, this is a criminal offence.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Spend up to 6 months in prison in Camden
Fined up to £5,000
You should not be arrested in Greater London if you:
Stayed on the property in Camden following the end of your tenancy or license
Entered the apartment in Greater London genuinely thinking you were a tenant - a fraudulent letting agent rented the property to you without the right to
You are gypsy or wanderer residing in area that is unauthorized in Camden
They will evict you as a squatter in Camden easily if:
Greater London police don't carry out the arrest and leave you with a warning
The owner of the property in Belsize Park, Childs Hill, or Somerstown doesn't want the police to be involved
You are living in a commercial place in Camden
The owner in Camden can lock you out of the property whilst you are not there.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Camden, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Greater London to vacate.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten or apply violence during eviction.
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 Greater London.
The forms should have the date and place of the court hearing and a defence form.
You have the right to challenge the owner's case if you aren't a squatter in Camden.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Camden.
If you are actually an unauthorised occupant, you may be compelled by court in Greater London to immediately move out of the Camden property.
If you refuse to move on the property owner will request bailiffs from the Greater London court to remove you.
A squatter in Childs Hill, Somerstown, or Belsize Park is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
You can apply as a homeless person at your local council in Camden for assistance.
The Greater London council should provide you with advice on how to find somewhere to stay in Camden.
Some areas in Greater London offer an emergency service to homeless people to give them an option instead of squatting.
Based on your priority need, you may get emergency housing from the council in Camden, for instance, you are vulnerable, expectant or have minors.
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Somerstown, Childs Hill, or Belsize Park or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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