You can be easily evicted and arrested if you are a squatter in Halifax.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Halifax without having permission from the owner or tenant.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Hipperholme, Northowram, or Brighouse.
It is not a long-term solution as most probably you will be evicted from the property in Halifax and arrested.
If you have continued to live in the property in West Yorkshire after your lease ended, you are not a squatter.
It is a criminal offence in Halifax to squat on a private property.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Sent to prison in Halifax for a maximum of six months
Fines up to £5,000
You will not get arrested in West Yorkshire if:
Went to stay in the property in Halifax after your tenancy or licence expired
Entered the apartment in West Yorkshire genuinely thinking you were a tenant - a fraudulent letting agent rented the property to you without the right to
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Halifax
As a squatter in Halifax, you will be possibly be evicted if:
The police in West Yorkshire are not willing to arrest them
The owner in Hipperholme, Northowram, or Brighouse is not involving police
It's commercial premises in Halifax you are living in
Locks can be changed by the owner in Halifax while you were not in the property.
If in the property in Halifax there is anyone present, if you refuse to leave the owner must get an order from the court in West Yorkshire.
It is not legal for the property owner to issue threats or use violence to evict someone.
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 West Yorkshire; however if you are squatting in commercial premises, this must be done 2 days prior to the court hearing.
The forms should have the date and place of the court hearing and a defence form.
In case you are not a squatter in Halifax, you can challenge the case of a landlord.
Do this by applying to trial the defensive form and heading to court hearing in Halifax.
However, if the court in West Yorkshire rules that you are squatting, they will order you to leave the Halifax property right away.
In case you decline to get out, the landlord may ask West Yorkshire court bailiffs to evict you.
Since squatters in Northowram, Brighouse, or Hipperholme have no permission to stay on a property, they are classifying as homeless.
Go to your local council in Halifax if you are homeless and ask for help.
If you are single and homeless, the council in West Yorkshire will give you advice about finding a place to live in Halifax.
Some areas in West Yorkshire have professional services designed to offer emergency support to eradicate rough sleeping.
The council in Halifax may have to provide you with emergency housing if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
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 Hipperholme, Northowram, or Brighouse or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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