Squatters in Colchester are susceptible to removal and being arrested.
Squatting simply means staying on property or land in Colchester without permission from the owner or leaseholder.
Squatting is typically a final option for people in Abberton, Colchester, or Clacton-On-Sea who are homeless.
This option is a temporary measure if you are homeless as you will be evicted by the property owner in Colchester and you may be arrested or fined.
You are not a squatter because you live in a house in Essex when your lease or license has expired.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Colchester, it is considered as a criminal offence.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Be imprisoned in Colchester to a maximum of 6 months
Fines up to £5,000
You may not be arrested in Essex if you:
Remained in the rental property in Colchester after the end of your tenancy or license
Living on a property in Essex you think you genuinely rented but were deceived by a fraudulent agent who had no right to rent the place out to you
Living on an unauthorized site in Colchester as a traveller or gypsy
Squatters in Colchester may be removed if:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Essex
The owner in Colchester, Abberton, or Clacton-On-Sea is not involving police
You have occupied a commercial building in Colchester
The owner in Colchester can go to the property and change the locks while you are outside the premises.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Colchester, the landlord will have to first get a Essex court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
It is against the law to harass or threaten you.
The property owner must give a copy of possession claim papers either through the letterbox or post it on the squatter's door at least five days prior to the court proceedings in Essex or two days for those living 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 Colchester.
Simply, go to the court hearing in Colchester and return the defence form.
The court in Essex will order you to vacate the premises in Colchester right away if you have been squatting.
If you don't leave the property, the owner can ask the Essex court bailiffs to evict you.
Since squatters in Abberton, Clacton-On-Sea, or Colchester have no permission to stay on a property, they are classifying as homeless.
So, as a homeless individual, you can ask their local Council for help in Colchester.
If you're single and homeless, the Essex council is going to advise you about where you can find a place to stay in Colchester.
Some areas in Essex offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
In case you have urgent needs to be met for instance, you are pregnant or have children with you, the local council in Colchester can assist in providing housing on emergency basis.
However, if immigration restrictions such as no recourse to public funds applies to you or you are an asylum seeker in Clacton-On-Sea, Colchester, or Abberton, then the council does not need to provide any emergency shelter or long-term property.
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