If you are a squatter in Hampshire, you risk being evicted easily or arrested.
If you enter someone's property in Hampshire and live there without their consent and permission, you are squatting.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Gosport, Basingstoke, or Waterlooville has when they are homeless.
It isn't an option that is long-term for the homeless, and you will possibly be arrested and almost certainly be removed in Hampshire.
One is not regarded as a squatter when still staying on the property or land in Hampshire upon expiry of the leasehold or license.
Squatting in a residential property in Hampshire is considered a criminal offence.
Squatting can get you arrested and if convicted, you may:
Remand you in Hampshire for up to 6 months
Having to pay a fine up to £5,000
However, you cannot be arrested as a squatter in Hampshire if:
Went to stay in the property in Hampshire after your tenancy or licence expired
Went into the Hampshire property believing you were given tenancy over it - an example is if a hoax agency that had to right to rent, rented you the property
You are a traveller or gypsy living on an unauthorized area in Hampshire
A squatter in Hampshire can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The Hampshire police aren't interested in arresting anyone
The property holder in Gosport, Basingstoke, or Waterlooville is reluctant to involve the police
You live in business premises in Hampshire
The Hampshire property owner may change the locks to the squatter's room(s) while the latter is away.
The owner usually gets a court order in Hampshire if someone is squatting in his property in Hampshire and refuses to move.
However, the usage of threats or being violent for evicting someone is not legalized.
The law requires that the owner must post a copy of their claim for possession forms by the letterbox or fix it to the front door and he must paste his claim a minimum of five days before the court hearing in Hampshire for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
It must include the defence form along with the details of the exact date and time of the hearing.
You must challenge the owner's case, in the event that you're not squatting in Hampshire.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Hampshire.
If you squat, the Hampshire court will order you to vacate the property in Hampshire pronto.
If you fail to move out, the Hampshire court bailiffs will force you out once the owner reports you.
Squatters in Basingstoke, Gosport, or Waterlooville are classified as homeless because you are not entitled to live where you are.
So, as a homeless individual, you can ask their local Council for help in Hampshire.
The Hampshire council should be able to give you advice on where you can find a place to live in Hampshire if you're homeless and single.
Some areas in Hampshire offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
Based on your priority need, you may get emergency housing from the council in Hampshire, for instance, you are vulnerable, expectant or have minors.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Waterlooville, Basingstoke, or Gosport 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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