Squatters can be evicted and easily arrested in Guildford.
Squatting simply means staying on property or land in Guildford without permission from the owner or leaseholder.
Usually when you are homeless in Aaron's Hill, Guildford, or Godalming, squatting is a last resort.
It can not prove to be a long-standing option for homeless people as they are most likely to be evicted from Guildford or arrested by police.
If you remain on a property in Surrey after the expiration of your license or tenancy, you will not be regarded as a squatter.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Guildford, it is considered as a criminal offence.
So, you can get arrested and you may face:
Up to six months in prison in Guildford
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
They will not arrest you in Surrey if you:
You were residing in the property of rent in Guildford after the expiry of your tenancy or license
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Surrey genuinely being a tenant
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Guildford
Eviction of squatters in Guildford is possible if:
The police in Surrey are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Guildford, Godalming, or Aaron's Hill finds no reason to report to the authority
You are living in a commercial place in Guildford
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Guildford can change locks.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Guildford, the landlord will have to first get a Surrey court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
It is against the law to harass or threaten you.
It is necessary or the owner to provide a squatter with a copy of possession claim form either through the letterbox or front door before the 5 days of the hearing in a court in Surrey (2 days in case of evicting squatters from the commercial place).
The forms must have a defence form and information about the venue and time of the court hearing.
In case you are not a squatter in Guildford, then you can challenge the owner's claim of property possession.
You can challenge this by giving back the defence form and attending the court hearing in Guildford to provide your side to the story.
If you squat, the Surrey court will order you to vacate the property in Guildford pronto.
If you choose to remain on the property, the landowner is required to enlist the help of Surrey court bailiffs to remove you from the property
Squatters in Aaron's Hill, Godalming, or Guildford don't have the right to live in the place where they are. Therefore, they are classed as homeless.
Therefore being homeless, you will need to seek help as a squatter from your local authority in Guildford.
The Surrey council should give you advice on finding somewhere to live in Guildford if you are single ad homeless.
The council may also consider providing you with some emergency housing in Surrey rather than sleeping on the streets.
The council in Guildford may have to provide you with emergency housing if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
When visa or social restrictions apply to you, the authority does not have to have temporary or longer-term accommodation (e.g. if your status of immigration indicates you have' no use of public funds' or you are an asylum seeker in Aaron's Hill, Guildford, or Godalming).
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