Squatters in Hackney are prone to being easily evicted and arrested.
Squatting implies entering a property in Hackney and living there without getting the permission of the owner of the property.
Many take squatting as the last option when there is no other suitable alternative in Bow, Sewardstone, or Aldersbrook.
It is not a long-term solution as most probably you will be evicted from the property in Hackney and arrested.
However, you live in a property in Greater London after your tenancy or license is expired then you cannot be termed as a squatter.
Squatting in a residential property in Hackney is a criminal act.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Be sentenced up to 6 months in Hackney
Levy you for up to £5,000
Reasons why you should not be arrested in Greater London:
Remaining on the property in Hackney after the expiration of your license or tenancy
You truly went into a premise in Greater London believing that you are a tenant only to find out that you were conned by a fake renting agent
You are living on an unauthorized area in Hackney as a gypsy or traveller
As a squatter in Hackney, you can easily be expelled if:
The Greater London police aren't interested in arresting anyone
The property owner in Bow, Aldersbrook, or Sewardstone doesn't want to involve the police
You stay on a commercial property in Hackney
The owner in Hackney can gain access and change locks while all of you are outside.
The owner can obtain a court order in Greater London if you or any other squatter if you fail to move out of the property in Hackney.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
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 Greater London (2 days in case of evicting squatters from the commercial place).
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You must challenge the owner's case, in the event that you're not squatting in Hackney.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Hackney.
However, if you are squatting, you will be ordered by the court in Greater London to vacate the property in Hackney without delay.
If you don't leave the property, the owner can ask the Greater London court bailiffs to evict you.
If you are a Squatter in Bow, Sewardstone, or Aldersbrook, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
You can apply to your local council in Hackney for assistance as a homeless person.
The Greater London council may assist you finding somewhere you can live in Hackney if you aren't married and without a home.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in Greater London.
If you are in emergency need such as you are pregnant or have children with you, then the Hackney council must serve you on a priority basis.
The council cannot provide you with an emergency residence or long-term housing if you are under immigration or residence restrictions, e.g. If you are an asylum seeker in Sewardstone, Bow, or Aldersbrook and you have no rights on the public funds.
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