If you are squatting in Grays, you could be easily arrested and evicted.
Squatting means living in a property in Grays without the permission of the homeowner.
Squatting in Grays, Tilbury, or South Ockendon is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Grays premises and sent to the bars by the police.
You are not a squatter because you live in a house in Essex when your lease or license has expired.
It is considered a criminal offence in Grays to be squatting in a residential building.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Up to six months in prison in Grays
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
However, you won't be arrested in Essex if you are:
Remained in the rental property in Grays after your license or tenancy ended
A fake agent rented you to a property in Essex which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
Are living on an unapproved site in Grays as a traveller or a gypsy
You can be easily removed as a squatter in Grays if:
The Essex police do not want to arrest you
The owner of the property in Tilbury, South Ockendon, or Grays doesn't want the police to be involved
Squatters are residing in the premises of commercial property in Grays
As soon as you are not on the property, the Grays landowner can gain access to the property and replace all the locks.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Grays, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Essex to vacate.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
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 Essex; 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,
In case you are not a squatter in Grays, then you can challenge the owner's claim of property possession.
Do this by applying to trial the defensive form and heading to court hearing in Grays.
If you squat, the Essex court will order you to vacate the property in Grays pronto.
In case you decline to get out, the landlord may ask Essex court bailiffs to evict you.
As they do not have the right to be living where they are, squatters in Tilbury, South Ockendon, or Grays are considered as homeless.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Grays.
The Essex council may assist you finding somewhere you can live in Grays if you aren't married and without a home.
In some Essex areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
If you are in priority need (for example, if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable) the council in Grays may need to provide you with emergency housing.
Yet, the local authority may not be able to provide you with emergency or lasting housing solution in case you are under immigration or residential restrictions, example, in case you are looking for asylum in South Ockendon, Grays, or Tilbury.
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