The authorities in Grimsby can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Grimsby without having permission from the owner or tenant.
If you're homeless, the squatting in Grimsby, New Waltham, or Cleethorpes isn't a long-term option for you.
The chances are that you'd be evicted from the Grimsby property and arrested if you're committing this offence.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Lincolnshire after the end of the tenancy term or license.
It is considered a criminal offence in Grimsby to be squatting in a residential building.
You may be arrested and if you are convicted, you could:
Sent for up to six months in prison in Grimsby
Get a fine of £5000 maximum
You will not get arrested in Lincolnshire if:
Remained in the rental property in Grimsby after the end of your tenancy or license
Gained access to the Lincolnshire property lawfully believing you were a tenant - for instance, if a rogue letting agent rented you a property they had no right to
You are only a gypsy or traveller camping on an unlicensed land in Grimsby
It is easy to evict a squatter in Grimsby under the following conditions:
The Lincolnshire police do not want to arrest you
The property owner in Grimsby, New Waltham, or Cleethorpes doesn't want to involve the police
You live in business premises in Grimsby
The owner in Grimsby, while you're all out, can enter and change the locks.
If you refuse to leave the Grimsby property, the owner can't threaten or force you out rather, they can get a court order for your eviction in Lincolnshire.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
The copy of possession claim form is posted through the letterbox or attached to the front door, which should be done by the property owner at least 5 days ahead of court hearing in Lincolnshire for squatting in residential property or 2 days earlier commercial building.
These must include a form of defence and information of the court hearing's location and time.
In case you are not a unlawful tenant in Grimsby, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
Simply, go to the court hearing in Grimsby and return the defence form.
You will be ordered to quickly leave the property in Grimsby by the court in Lincolnshire.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Lincolnshire to evict you.
Since squatters in Grimsby, New Waltham, or Cleethorpes have no permission to stay on a property, they are classifying as homeless.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Grimsby.
Assuming you are single or homeless, the Lincolnshire council will offer advice where you can get a place to live in Grimsby.
In some Lincolnshire areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The council in Grimsby may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in New Waltham, Grimsby, or Cleethorpes so you have residences and immigration restrictions applicable or the status of your immigration means that you do not have recourse to public funds.
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