Squatters can be evicted and easily arrested in Hartlepool.
Squatting means going inside a property in Hartlepool and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
Most times, squatting is the only remaining choice when you are homeless in Bellevue, Dalton Piercy, or Croft on Heugh.
It isn't an option that is long-term for the homeless, and you will possibly be arrested and almost certainly be removed in Hartlepool.
One is not regarded as a squatter when still staying on the property or land in Durham upon expiry of the leasehold or license.
Squatting in a residential property in Hartlepool is considered a criminal offence.
So, you can get arrested and you may face:
Sentenced in Hartlepool for up to 6 months
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
The authorities aren't going to arrest you in Durham if you:
You remained in a rented property in Hartlepool even after the end of your tenancy or license
A fake agent rented you to a property in Durham which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Hartlepool
You can be removed as a squatter in Hartlepool if:
The Durham police do not want to arrest you
The owner of the property in Dalton Piercy, Croft on Heugh, or Bellevue does not feel the need to involve the police
Living in commercial premises in Hartlepool
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Hartlepool can change locks.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Hartlepool, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Durham to vacate.
It is against the law for the landlord to use violence or even threaten to use violence against you.
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 Durham; however if you are squatting in commercial premises, this must be done 2 days prior to the court hearing.
The information on the possession claim must include Details of the time of the court hearing, The place of the hearing, A defence form.
You will have to challenge the owner's claim if you are not a squatter in Hartlepool.
Do this by returning the defence form and attending the court hearing in Hartlepool.
If you are actually squatter, the court in Durham will order you to vacate the property in Hartlepool right away.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the Durham court to evict you.
Squatters in Dalton Piercy, Bellevue, or Croft on Heugh are classed as homeless as they have no where to stay.
You can apply as a homeless person at your local council in Hartlepool for assistance.
Assuming you are single or homeless, the Durham council will offer advice where you can get a place to live in Hartlepool.
In some cases, as an alternative to sleeping rough, specialized providers can provide emergency assistance in Durham.
If you at risk, for instance if you have young children, or are pregnant, the Hartlepool council may make emergency housing provisions for you.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Dalton Piercy, Bellevue, or Croft on Heugh 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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