Squatters can be evicted and easily arrested in Dorset.
Unlawful entry into a property in Dorset and staying there without consent from the owner is called squatting.
Squatting is usually the last resort in Dorchester, Weymouth, or Ferndown when you are homeless.
It can not prove to be a long-standing option for homeless people as they are most likely to be evicted from Dorset or arrested by police.
If you have continued to live in the property in Dorset after your lease ended, you are not a squatter.
It is considered a criminal offence in Dorset to be squatting in a residential building.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Be sentenced up to 6 months in Dorset
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
You will not get arrested in Dorset if:
Continued living in the same premises in Dorset after the end of tenancy or licence
You were deceived by a bogus letting agent into believing that you are a tenant of the Dorset premises
Living on an unauthorized site in Dorset as a traveller or gypsy
Squatters in Dorset can be evicted if:
The police in Dorset do not want to arrest you
The owner in Weymouth, Ferndown, or Dorchester does not want police involvement
You live in a commercial property in Dorset
The landlord in Dorset may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
The property owner in Dorset may also get a court order in Dorset to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
If the owner threatens you or uses the violence to evict you, it is completely illegal.
The law requires that the owner must post a copy of their claim for possession forms by the letterbox or fix it to the front door and he must paste his claim a minimum of five days before the court hearing in Dorset for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
This must be inclusive of a copy of the possession order, a defence form, and all the important details regarding the court heating,
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Dorset.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Dorset.
If you are actually an unauthorised occupant, you may be compelled by court in Dorset to immediately move out of the Dorset property.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Dorset to evict you.
If you are a Squatter in Weymouth, Ferndown, or Dorchester, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
To take help, you can apply to the local council in Dorset and request to help you as a homeless person.
The Dorset council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Dorset if you are homeless and also single.
Some areas in Dorset offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
The council in Dorset can provide emergency housing to the people who are vulnerable, have children or are pregnant.
However, local council will not be able to assist you in emergency or long-term housing in case you are restricted with residency or immigration status such as asylum seekers in Weymouth, Dorchester, or Ferndown.
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