The authorities in Exeter can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
Squatting is when a person illegally enters a premise in Exeter to live without the permission of the tenant or owner of said property.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Exeter, Luton, or Crawley has when they are homeless.
Squatting is not a long-term answer as you can be evicted from the location in Exeter and arrested at any time.
You are not classed as a squatter if you have stayed in a property in Devon when our lease has finished.
Squatting in a private property in Exeter without permission qualifies as criminal offense.
So, you can get arrested and you may face:
Sent to prison in Exeter for a maximum of six months
Pay up to £5,000 in fines
The following situations in Devon would not warrant an arrest:
You were residing in the property of rent in Exeter after the expiry of your tenancy or license
Believed you are renting the Devon property legally- for instance, a fake property agent leased you a property when they shouldn't have
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unapproved site in Exeter
As a squatter in Exeter, you can easily be expelled if:
The Devon police do not want to arrest you
The owner of the property in Crawley, Exeter, or Luton doesn't want the police to be involved
They are living in a commercial premises in Exeter
The landlord in Exeter may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
The property owner in Exeter may also get a court order in Devon to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
The owner cannot use violence against you or threaten you.
It is necessary that the landowner drops the court documents at the front door or in the letter box at least during the 5 days preceding the court hearing in Devon; however if you are squatting in commercial premises, this must be done 2 days prior to the court hearing.
This must be inclusive of a copy of the possession order, a defence form, and all the important details regarding the court heating,
You can challenge the owner's case if you are not a squatter in Exeter.
Then, be present at the court hearing in Exeter and return the defence form to the court.
You will be ordered to quickly leave the property in Exeter by the court in Devon.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Devon to evict you.
Squatters in Exeter, Luton, or Crawley are also called homeless because you cannot claim the right to own a place where you are living.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Exeter.
Assuming you are single or homeless, the Devon council will offer advice where you can get a place to live in Exeter.
In some areas in Devon, special services may provide emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The council in Exeter can provide emergency housing to the people who are vulnerable, have children or are pregnant.
You don't have access to such provision if you are affected by residences or immigration restrictions, such as people whose immigration status doesn't give them access to public funds and asylum seekers in Crawley, Luton, or Exeter are examples of people under such restrictions.
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