The authorities in Cumbria can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
If you enter someone's property in Cumbria and live there without their consent and permission, you are squatting.
Usually when you are homeless in Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, or Kendal, squatting is a last resort.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from Cumbria and probably arrested by the police.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in Cumbria at the end of your tenancy.
Squatting in a residential property in Cumbria is a criminal act.
You can be arrested and if convicted can be:
Sentenced for 6 months in prison in Cumbria
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
You are exempted from an arrest in Cumbria in case you:
Remaining on the property in Cumbria after the expiration of your license or tenancy
You were deceived by a bogus letting agent into believing that you are a tenant of the Cumbria premises
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unauthorized location in Cumbria
As a Cumbria squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
The Cumbria police feel there is no need for an arrest
The owner of the property in Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, or Kendal will not involve the police
You have occupied a commercial building in Cumbria
It is the responsibility of the Cumbria owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Cumbria, the landlord will have to first get a Cumbria court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
Owners must serve you with form copy of possession claims through the letterbox or paste it on the front door minimum 5 days before the scheduled court hearing in Cumbria, or 2 days for commercial places.
This must include a form for defence, and the date and other court hearing details.
You can challenge the case to confirm you are not a squatter in Cumbria.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Cumbria.
But if you are a squatter, the Cumbria court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Cumbria.
If you refuse to leave the property, then the landlord needs to ask the official Cumbria court bailiffs to remove you from the premises.
Squatters in Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, or Kendal are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
Since you don't have somewhere to go to, it would be wise to apply to the local council in Cumbria for help as a homeless person.
If you are homeless and unmarried, the Cumbria council would advise you on how to find a place to live in Cumbria.
Some areas in Cumbria offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
Based on your priority need, you may get emergency housing from the council in Cumbria, for instance, you are vulnerable, expectant or have minors.
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Carlisle, Kendal, or Barrow-in-Furness 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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