You can easily be ejected and arrested if you are squatting in Cannock.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Cannock owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Cannock, Blackfords, or Etchinghill.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from Cannock and probably arrested by the police.
You are not a squatter because you live in a house in Staffordshire when your lease or license has expired.
It is a crime to squat in a residential property in Cannock.
It is likely you will get arrested and convicted of:
Sentenced in Cannock for up to 6 months
Fined up to £5,000
The following situations in Staffordshire would not warrant an arrest:
You remained in the land in Cannock after the end of tenancy or license
Entered the apartment in Staffordshire genuinely thinking you were a tenant - a fraudulent letting agent rented the property to you without the right to
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Cannock
Squatters in Cannock can be evicted if:
The Police in Staffordshire decline arresting such a person
The owner in Cannock, Etchinghill, or Blackfords does not report to the police
He/she lives in a commercial property in Cannock
The owner in Cannock has the right to change the locks when you are not there.
The landlord in Cannock would usually have to get a court order in Staffordshire if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
Using or threatening violence against you is illegal for the owner.
The landlord needs to give a possession claim form copy to the squatters (either by post or attaching to the door) at least five days before the court hearing in Staffordshire is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in Cannock.
This is achieved by returning to the court, the defence form, and attending the hearing at court in Cannock.
But if you are a squatter, the Staffordshire court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Cannock.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Staffordshire to evict you.
Squatters in Cannock, Etchinghill, or Blackfords are categorised as homeless individuals, as they don't have a place to live in.
Applying as a homeless person contacting your local council in Cannock is the best thing you can do in this regard.
The Staffordshire council should give you advice on finding somewhere to live in Cannock if you are single ad homeless.
In some Staffordshire areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The council in Cannock may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
The council cannot provide you with an emergency residence or long-term housing if you are under immigration or residence restrictions, e.g. If you are an asylum seeker in Cannock, Blackfords, or Etchinghill and you have no rights on the public funds.
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