Squatting, without a doubt, can lead to an eviction and arrest in Crawley.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Crawley owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting is generally used as the final option by a homeless individual in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, or Horsham.
For the homeless, it is not a long-term alternative as you will be evicted from the Crawley premises and most probably an arrest.
You will not be regarded as a squatter in case you continue to reside on the property or land in West Sussex after the end of your license or tenancy.
Squatting is a criminal offense in a residential property in Crawley.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Sentenced for 6 months in prison in Crawley
Having to pay a fine up to £5,000
You won't be arrested in West Sussex if you:
Continued living in the same premises in Crawley after the end of tenancy or licence
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in West Sussex thinking you were a tenant
You are living on an unauthorized area in Crawley as a gypsy or traveller
A squatter in Crawley can be easily evicted if:
The police in West Sussex don't wish to arrest you
The owner in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, or Horsham does not report to the police
Living in commercial premises in Crawley
The Crawley property owner may change the locks to the squatter's room(s) while the latter is away.
If you refuse to leave the Crawley property, the owner can't threaten or force you out rather, they can get a court order for your eviction in West Sussex.
It is against the law for the landlord to use violence or even threaten to use violence against 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 West Sussex or two days for those living in a commercial building.
His claim forms sent to the squatter must include a defence form and details of the time and place of the court hearing.
You have the right to challenge the owner's case if you aren't a squatter in Crawley.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Crawley.
The West Sussex court will usually order you to immediately vacate the premises in Crawley if you are a squatter.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from West Sussex to evict you.
If you are a Squatter in Horsham, Haywards Heath, or Burgess Hill, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Crawley.
The West Sussex council should give you advice on finding somewhere to live in Crawley if you are single ad homeless.
You may also receive emergency help from specialist services in some areas in West Sussex rather than sleeping outside.
In some situation, the council in Crawley may need to give you emergency shelter if you are deemed as a priority case (pregnant, with children, or in danger).
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Horsham, Burgess Hill, or Haywards Heath or if you cannot benefit from public funds due to your immigration status, then the council is under no obligation to make emergency or extended-period housing provisions for you.
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