You can be easily evicted and arrested if you are a squatter in Carlisle.
Squatting refers to the occupation of property or land in Carlisle without owner's or tenant's consent.
Squatting is often a last resort kind of thing for people who are homeless in Castlerigg, Carlisle, or Sunderland.
Squatting is not a long-term answer as you can be evicted from the location in Carlisle and arrested at any time.
One is not regarded as a squatter when still staying on the property or land in Cumbria upon expiry of the leasehold or license.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Carlisle, it is considered as a criminal offence.
You can be arrested and convicted and you may be:
Up to six months in prison in Carlisle
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You will not get arrested in Cumbria if:
Stayed on the property in Carlisle following the end of your tenancy or license
You have been deceived into thinking you were a tenant, for instance, if you have rented a property in Cumbria from a fraudulent agent
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Carlisle
As a Carlisle squatter, you can be evicted if:
The police in Cumbria do not want to arrest you
The property owner in Castlerigg, Sunderland, or Carlisle doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
He/she lives in a commercial property in Carlisle
The owner in Carlisle can lock you out of the property whilst you are not there.
The property owner in Carlisle may also get a court order in Cumbria to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
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 Cumbria is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
Remember defence forms and court hearing date and time must be included in this copy.
In case you are not a squatter in Carlisle, you can challenge the case of a landlord.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Carlisle.
But if you are a squatter, the Cumbria court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Carlisle.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Cumbria to evict you if you don't leave.
Squatters in Sunderland, Castlerigg, or Carlisle don't have the right to live in the place where they are. Therefore, they are classed as homeless.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Carlisle.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Cumbria will give you advice about finding a place to live in Carlisle.
In some cases, as an alternative to sleeping rough, specialized providers can provide emergency assistance in Cumbria.
In some situation, the council in Carlisle may need to give you emergency shelter if you are deemed as a priority case (pregnant, with children, or in danger).
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 Carlisle, Sunderland, or Castlerigg and you have no rights on the public funds.
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