Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Ellesmere Port.
Squatting means getting into a property in Ellesmere Port and living there without the consent of the owner or the tenant.
Squatting is usually the last resort in Hooton, Ellesmere Port, or Whitby when you are homeless.
If you're homeless, it isn't a long-term alternative as for sure you will be evicted from the property in Ellesmere Port, and maybe even arrested.
You will not be regarded as a squatter in case you continue to reside on the property or land in Cheshire after the end of your license or tenancy.
It is a criminal offense to squat in a rental property in Ellesmere Port.
It is likely you will get arrested and convicted of:
Remand you in Ellesmere Port for up to 6 months
Fined up to £5000
You may not be arrested in Cheshire if you:
Stayed on in the house in Ellesmere Port after your tenancy ended
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Cheshire genuinely being a tenant
Living on an unauthorized site in Ellesmere Port as a traveller or gypsy
A squatter in Ellesmere Port can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The Cheshire police feel there is no need for an arrest
The owner in Ellesmere Port, Whitby, or Hooton does not want police involvement
Living in commercial premises in Ellesmere Port
The owner in Ellesmere Port can go to the property and change the locks while you are outside the premises.
The property owner in Ellesmere Port may also get a court order in Cheshire to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
The owner cannot use violence against you or threaten you.
The landlord needs to give a possession claim form copy to the squatters (either by post or attaching to the door) at least five days before the court hearing in Cheshire is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
Remember defence forms and court hearing date and time must be included in this copy.
In case you are not a squatter in Ellesmere Port, then you can challenge the owner's claim of property possession.
That can be done by returning the defence form to the court and going to the court hearing in Ellesmere Port.
If you are squatting, the Cheshire court will usually order you to vacate the property in Ellesmere Port there and then.
If you choose to remain on the property, the landowner is required to enlist the help of Cheshire court bailiffs to remove you from the property
Squatters in Hooton, Whitby, or Ellesmere Port are categorized as homeless since they don't have the right to be staying where they are.
You can apply to your local council in Ellesmere Port for assistance as a homeless person.
The Cheshire council will give you advice about how to find a place to stay in Ellesmere Port if you are single and homeless.
The council may also consider providing you with some emergency housing in Cheshire rather than sleeping on the streets.
The Ellesmere Port council may have to give you emergency residence if you are in priority need, such as being expectant, having children or are vulnerable.
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 Hooton, Whitby, or Ellesmere Port or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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