Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Gateshead.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Gateshead owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Worthy of mention is that squatting in Carr Hill, Allerdene, or Bar Moor can only be considered as a last resort.
If you're homeless, it isn't a long-term alternative as for sure you will be evicted from the property in Gateshead, and maybe even arrested.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Tyne and Wear after the end of the tenancy term or license.
Squatting in a residential property in Gateshead is considered a criminal offence.
If found guilty after an arrest, you must:
Spend up to 6 months in prison in Gateshead
Fines up to £5,000
They will not arrest you in Tyne and Wear if you:
You remained in a rented property in Gateshead even after the end of your tenancy or license
Genuinely moved into a property in Tyne and Wear thinking you were a tenant, but you were cheated by a bogus renting agent
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Gateshead
Gateshead squatters can be evicted for many reasons, such as:
The police in Tyne and Wear are unwilling to arrest you
Property owner in Allerdene, Carr Hill, or Bar Moor does not want to involve police in the matter
He/she lives in a commercial property in Gateshead
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Gateshead can change locks.
The owner usually gets a court order in Tyne and Wear if someone is squatting in his property in Gateshead and refuses to move.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
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 Tyne and Wear for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
His claim forms sent to the squatter must include a defence form and details of the time and place of the court hearing.
If you happen not to be a squatter in Gateshead, you will have to challenge the case of the property owner.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Gateshead.
But if you are a squatter, the Tyne and Wear court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Gateshead.
If you choose to remain on the property, the landowner is required to enlist the help of Tyne and Wear court bailiffs to remove you from the property
A squatter in Bar Moor, Allerdene, or Carr Hill is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Gateshead.
The Tyne and Wear council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Gateshead if you are homeless and also single.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Tyne and Wear as opposed to sleeping rough.
The Gateshead council provide emergency housing to those in priority need, such as having vulnerable children and being pregnant.
However, the council won't help you with long-term or emergency housing if you have residential or immigration restrictions, for instance, if you're an asylum seeker in Bar Moor, Allerdene, or Carr Hill or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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