You can be arrested and evicted if you are squatting in Hounslow.
The term squatting means occupying land or property in Hounslow without the consent of the tenant or the owner.
Many take squatting as the last option when there is no other suitable alternative in Egham, Hythe End, or Wraysbury.
Also, it shouldn't be taken as a long-term option if you are already homeless as squatters are liable to be evicted from Hounslow and arrested if need be.
If you remain on a property in Greater London after the expiration of your license or tenancy, you will not be regarded as a squatter.
If you enter a residential property in Hounslow illegally to squat, this is a criminal offence.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Spend up to 6 months in prison in Hounslow
Get a fine of £5000 maximum
You should not be prosecuted in Greater London if you:
Continued living in the same premises in Hounslow after the end of tenancy or licence
A fake agent rented you to a property in Greater London which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
You are a traveller or nomad living on unauthorised land in Hounslow
Hounslow squatters can be evicted for many reasons, such as:
The police in Greater London are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner in Hythe End, Wraysbury, or Egham does not report to the police
You stay on a commercial property in Hounslow
It is the responsibility of the Hounslow owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
If you or another squatter are in the property in Hounslow, if you refuse to leave, the owner will normally have to get a court order in Greater London.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
The copy of possession claim form is posted through the letterbox or attached to the front door, which should be done by the property owner at least 5 days ahead of court hearing in Greater London for squatting in residential property or 2 days earlier 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 Hounslow.
This can be done by taking back the defence form to the court and attending the hearing in Hounslow on the specified date.
The court in Greater London will order you to vacate the Hounslow property immediately if you are a squatter.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from Greater London to evict you.
Squatters in Hythe End, Egham, or Wraysbury are also called homeless because you cannot claim the right to own a place where you are living.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Hounslow.
The Greater London council will find alternative accommodation in Hounslow for you if homeless and single.
In some cases, as an alternative to sleeping rough, specialized providers can provide emergency assistance in Greater London.
If you are in emergency need such as you are pregnant or have children with you, then the Hounslow council must serve you on a priority basis.
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Egham, Hythe End, or Wraysbury or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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