You can be easily evicted and arrested if you are a squatter in Harlow.
The term squatting means occupying land or property in Harlow without the consent of the tenant or the owner.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Epping, Harlow, or Sawbridgeworth has when they are homeless.
Squatting isn't a long-term option if you are homeless as you will be evicted from the building in Harlow and possibly arrested one day.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in Essex at the end of your tenancy.
Squatting in a residential property in Harlow is a criminal act.
Squatting can get you arrested and if convicted, you may:
Prison in Harlow for about six (6) months
Levy you for up to £5,000
The authorities aren't going to arrest you in Essex if you:
Staying on a property in Harlow after your license or tenancy ended
A fake agent rented you to a property in Essex which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Harlow
It is easy to evict a squatter in Harlow under the following conditions:
The police in Essex are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Epping, Harlow, or Sawbridgeworth is not interested in involving the police
You are living in commercial premises in Harlow
The property owner in Harlow can replace the locks when everyone is outside.
When you or any other squatter continue to remain on the property in Harlow against the landowner's wishes, a Essex court order will be gotten.
Harassment and threats of violence are against the law.
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 Essex (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 unlawful tenant in Harlow, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
Do this by going to the court hearing in Harlow on the date specified and return the defence forms to the court.
If you squat, the Essex court will order you to vacate the property in Harlow pronto.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Essex to evict you if you don't leave.
A squatter in Epping, Harlow, or Sawbridgeworth is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
Go to your local council in Harlow if you are homeless and ask for help.
Local council in Essex can assist you in finding a place for stay in Harlow if you are homeless and also single.
There are certain areas in Essex with specialist services to provide emergency assistance to eliminate sleeping rough.
If you have children or if you are pregnant, the council in Harlow will provide you with emergency housing as well and the same applies to the vulnerable.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Sawbridgeworth, Harlow, or Epping 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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