Squatters in Hove must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
Squatting involves occupying and residing in a property in Hove without the owner or tenant's permission.
Many take squatting as the last option when there is no other suitable alternative in Portslade-By-Sea, Henfield, or Small Dole.
It can not prove to be a long-standing option for homeless people as they are most likely to be evicted from Hove or arrested by police.
You are not a squatter if you stayed on the property in East Sussex after the end of license or tenancy.
Don't forget living in someone's property in Hove without permission is a crime.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Prison in Hove for about six (6) months
Fines up to £5,000
You may not be arrested in East Sussex if you:
You were residing in the property of rent in Hove after the expiry of your tenancy or license
You truly went into a premise in East Sussex believing that you are a tenant only to find out that you were conned by a fake renting agent
Living on an unauthorized site in Hove as a traveller or gypsy
As a squatter in Hove, you will be possibly be evicted if:
The police in East Sussex are not willing to arrest them
The owner of the property in Small Dole, Henfield, or Portslade-By-Sea does not feel the need to involve the police
Living in commercial premises in Hove
The owner in Hove can gain access and change locks while all of you are outside.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Hove, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in East Sussex to vacate.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
The landlord needs to give a possession claim form copy to the squatters (either by post or attaching to the door) at least five days before the court hearing in East Sussex is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
The information on the possession claim must include Details of the time of the court hearing, The place of the hearing, A defence form.
In case you are not a unlawful tenant in Hove, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
This is achieved by returning to the court, the defence form, and attending the hearing at court in Hove.
The East Sussex court will usually order you to immediately vacate the premises in Hove if you are a squatter.
If you don't leave the property, the owner can ask the East Sussex court bailiffs to evict you.
As they do not have the right to be living where they are, squatters in Small Dole, Henfield, or Portslade-By-Sea are considered as homeless.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Hove.
The East Sussex council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Hove if you are homeless and also single.
In some areas in East Sussex, special services may provide emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
Also, the council in Hove may provide you emergency house to stay 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 Henfield, Portslade-By-Sea, or Small Dole or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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