Squatters in Eastleigh are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
Squatting means living in a property in Eastleigh without the permission of the homeowner.
Squatting is often a last resort kind of thing for people who are homeless in Romsey, Compton-Otterbourne, or Bishopstoke.
If you're poor, it's not a long-term solution as you're almost certainly going to be evicted from the Eastleigh property and charged.
However, you live in a property in Hampshire after your tenancy or license is expired then you cannot be termed as a squatter.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Eastleigh, it is considered as a criminal offence.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Get a prison sentence in Eastleigh for up to six months maximum
Fined up to £5,000
However, you can avoid the arrest in Hampshire if:
Remained in the rental property in Eastleigh after your license or tenancy ended
You were deceived by a bogus letting agent into believing that you are a tenant of the Hampshire premises
Living on an unauthorized site in Eastleigh as a traveller or gypsy
As a squatter in Eastleigh, you can easily be expelled if:
The police in Hampshire are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Compton-Otterbourne, Bishopstoke, or Romsey is not interested in involving the police
You are living in a commercial place in Eastleigh
Locks can be changed by the owner in Eastleigh while you were not in the property.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Eastleigh, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Hampshire to vacate.
However, the usage of threats or being violent for evicting someone is not legalized.
In this case, the property owner must post a copy of his possession claim forms through the letterbox or attach the same to the squatter's front door, and this should be done at least five (5) days before the court hearing in Hampshire.
It must include the defence form along with the details of the exact date and time of the hearing.
You have the right to challenge the owner's case if you aren't a squatter in Eastleigh.
You must return the defence form to the court and attend the court hearing in Eastleigh.
The Hampshire court will usually order you to immediately vacate the premises in Eastleigh if you are a squatter.
The owner can take help from court bailiffs in Hampshire if you don't leave the property after court orders.
Squatters in Bishopstoke, Compton-Otterbourne, or Romsey are classified as homeless because you are not entitled to live where you are.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Eastleigh.
Assuming you are single or homeless, the Hampshire council will offer advice where you can get a place to live in Eastleigh.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in Hampshire.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Eastleigh may help you with emergency housing.
When visa or social restrictions apply to you, the authority does not have to have temporary or longer-term accommodation (e.g. if your status of immigration indicates you have' no use of public funds' or you are an asylum seeker in Bishopstoke, Compton-Otterbourne, or Romsey).
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