If you are squatting in Edinburgh, you could be easily arrested and evicted.
The term squatting means occupying land or property in Edinburgh without the consent of the tenant or the owner.
If you are homeless in Livingston, Edinburgh, or Blyth, this is usually a last resort for you.
For the homeless, it is not a lasting solution because it is certain that you will be removed from the property in Edinburgh, and probably arrested too.
You are not classed as a squatter if you have stayed in a property in City of Edinburgh when our lease has finished.
Squatting in Edinburgh within a residential premise is considered a crime.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Be sentenced up to 6 months in Edinburgh
Fined up to £5,000
However, you can avoid the arrest in City of Edinburgh if:
You remained in a rented property in Edinburgh even after the end of your tenancy or license
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in City of Edinburgh genuinely being a tenant
Are a gypsy living on unauthorized ground in Edinburgh
You can be easily removed as a squatter in Edinburgh if:
The City of Edinburgh police are not ready to carry out an arrest
The property owner in Blyth, Edinburgh, or Livingston doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
Squatters are residing in the premises of commercial property in Edinburgh
The owner in Edinburgh can change the locks of the doors when you're not at home.
If in the property in Edinburgh there is anyone present, if you refuse to leave the owner must get an order from the court in City of Edinburgh.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
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 City of Edinburgh, or 2 days for commercial places.
The forms should have the date and place of the court hearing and a defence form.
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Edinburgh.
You must return the defence form to the court and attend the court hearing in Edinburgh.
The court in City of Edinburgh will ask you to immediately leave the property in Edinburgh if you're a squatter.
If you refuse to leave the property, then the landlord needs to ask the official City of Edinburgh court bailiffs to remove you from the premises.
Squatters in Livingston, Blyth, or Edinburgh are referred to as homeless due to the fact that you are living in a place you do not have the rights.
If you are a squatter, apply to the local council in Edinburgh to receive help as homeless individual.
Local council in City of Edinburgh can assist you in finding a place for stay in Edinburgh if you are homeless and also single.
The council may also consider providing you with some emergency housing in City of Edinburgh rather than sleeping on the streets.
If you have children or if you are pregnant, the council in Edinburgh will provide you with emergency housing as well and the same applies to the vulnerable.
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Edinburgh, Blyth, or Livingston 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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