You can easily be ejected and arrested if you are squatting in Devon.
Squatting is when a person deliberately gains access to your property in Devon and starts living there without the owner's or the tenant's consent.
Squatting is generally used as the final option by a homeless individual in Exmouth, Barnstaple, or Exeter.
If you're poor, it's not a long-term solution as you're almost certainly going to be evicted from the Devon property and charged.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Devon after the end of the tenancy term or license.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Devon, it is considered as a criminal offence.
You'd most probably be arrested and in case of a conviction, you can face:
Sent to prison in Devon for a maximum of six months
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You won't be arrested in Devon if you:
Living on the property in Devon after your tenancy or you licence expired
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Devon genuinely being a tenant
Are a Traveller residing on an unauthorised land in Devon
A squatter in Devon can be easily evicted if:
The police in Devon are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Exmouth, Exeter, or Barnstaple is not interested in involving the police
You have occupied a commercial building in Devon
The property owner in Devon can replace the locks when everyone is outside.
If you're refusing to leave the Devon property, the owner must get the Devon court order to carry out the eviction.
It is illegal for the owner of the premises to make threats or use violence.
The property owner is required by the law to do either of these Post a copy of the claim forms through the letter box or Attach a possession claim to the property's front door a minimum of five days before the Devon court hearing, for commercial property, two days before the hearing is enough.
This must include a form for defence, and the date and other court hearing details.
In case you are not a squatter in Devon, then you can challenge the owner's claim of property possession.
This can be done by taking back the defence form to the court and attending the hearing in Devon on the specified date.
If you are a squatter, you will be ordered by the court in Devon to leave the land in Devon on the earliest basis.
In case you decline to move from the property, the owner can request court bailiffs in Devon to escort you out.
You can receive some assistance meant for the homeless from the council because as a squatter in Barnstaple, Exeter, or Exmouth, you are classified as homeless.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Devon.
The Devon council may assist you finding somewhere you can live in Devon if you aren't married and without a home.
There are areas in Devon that offer emergency assistance via specialist services as an option to sleeping rough.
The council in Devon can provide emergency housing to the people who are vulnerable, have children or are pregnant.
The council does not have to offer emergency or long term housing if restrictions of residences or immigration apply to you, for instance if you are seeking asylum in Barnstaple, Exmouth, or Exeter or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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