Squatters in Cornwall are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Cornwall without having permission from the owner or tenant.
If you're homeless, the squatting in Camborne-Redruth, Truro, or Saint Austell isn't a long-term option for you.
Squatting isn't a long-term option if you are homeless as you will be evicted from the building in Cornwall and possibly arrested one day.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Cornwall after the end of the tenancy term or license.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Cornwall.
So, you can get arrested and you may face:
Sentenced in Cornwall for up to 6 months
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You may not be detained in Cornwall if:
Living on the property in Cornwall after your tenancy or you licence expired
Began living in the Cornwall property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
You are a traveller or gypsy living on an unauthorized area in Cornwall
A squatter in Cornwall can easily be evicted if:
The Cornwall police seem unwilling to arrest the squatter
The property owner in Truro, Camborne-Redruth, or Saint Austell doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
Living in commercial premises in Cornwall
The owner in Cornwall can go to the property and change the locks while you are outside the premises.
When you or any other squatter continue to remain on the property in Cornwall against the landowner's wishes, a Cornwall court order will be gotten.
Use of violence or threat against you is illegal.
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 Cornwall or at least two days before in case of a commercialized property.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You will have to challenge the owner's claim if you are not a squatter in Cornwall.
This can be done by taking back the defence form to the court and attending the hearing in Cornwall on the specified date.
If the Cornwall court rules that you are a squatter, you would be ordered to vacate the Cornwall property within a short timeframe.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the Cornwall court to evict you.
Squatters in Truro, Camborne-Redruth, or Saint Austell are classed as homeless as they have no where to stay.
Apply to your local council in Cornwall and enjoy the homeless people's benefits.
The Cornwall Council can direct you on how to get somewhere to stay in Cornwall if you are homeless and single.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in Cornwall.
The Cornwall council may have to give you emergency residence if you are in priority need, such as being expectant, having children or are vulnerable.
But if you are under immigration or residency restrictions, for instance, you are seeking asylum in Saint Austell, Truro, or Camborne-Redruth or immigration status is showing that you don't have any access to public funds then Council is not bound to provide you with emergency or long-term housing solution.
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