Squatters in Kent are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
Squatting is when a person illegally enters a premise in Kent to live without the permission of the tenant or owner of said property.
Most times, squatting is the only remaining choice when you are homeless in Gillingham, Chatham, or Maidstone.
Squatting isn't a long-term option if you are homeless as you will be evicted from the building in Kent and possibly arrested one day.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in Kent at the end of your tenancy.
Squatting in a residential property in Kent is considered a criminal offence.
It is likely you will get arrested and convicted of:
Up to six months in prison in Kent
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
Reasons why you should not be arrested in Kent:
Went to stay in the property in Kent after your tenancy or licence expired
Began living in the Kent property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Kent
As a Kent squatter, you can be evicted if:
The Police in Kent decline arresting such a person
The owner in Maidstone, Gillingham, or Chatham is not involving police
You have occupied a commercial building in Kent
And the property owner in Kent may change the locks when you are not around.
The owner usually gets a court order in Kent if someone is squatting in his property in Kent and refuses to move.
It is not legal for the property owner to issue threats or use violence to evict someone.
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 Kent for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in Kent.
Do this by returning the defence form and attending the court hearing in Kent.
However, if the court in Kent rules that you are squatting, they will order you to leave the Kent property right away.
Failure to vacate, the owner must ask the court bailiffs in Kent to remove you.
Squatters in Gillingham, Maidstone, or Chatham are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
If you seek assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Kent, you may likely be considered.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Kent will give you advice about finding a place to live in Kent.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Kent as opposed to sleeping rough.
The Kent council provide emergency housing to those in priority need, such as having vulnerable children and being pregnant.
The council does not have to offer emergency or long term housing if restrictions of residences or immigration apply to you, for instance if you are seeking asylum in Chatham, Maidstone, or Gillingham or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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