Squatters in Kingston upon Thames must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
Squatting means getting into a property in Kingston upon Thames and living there without the consent of the owner or the tenant.
Squatting is typically a final option for people in Pucklechurch, Whiteshill, or Stone Hill who are homeless.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Kingston upon Thames premises and sent to the bars by the police.
If you continue living on a property in Greater London after the expiration of your license or tenancy, that's not squatting.
Squatting in a residential property in Kingston upon Thames is considered a criminal offence.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Sent to prison in Kingston upon Thames for a maximum of six months
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
They will not arrest you in Greater London if you:
Remaining on the property in Kingston upon Thames after the expiration of your license or tenancy
Gained access to the Greater London property lawfully believing you were a tenant - for instance, if a rogue letting agent rented you a property they had no right to
You are a traveller or gypsy encamping on an unauthorised site in Kingston upon Thames
A squatter in Kingston upon Thames can be easily evicted if:
The Greater London police are not ready to carry out an arrest
The property owner in Stone Hill, Pucklechurch, or Whiteshill doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
He/she lives in a commercial property in Kingston upon Thames
The owner in Kingston upon Thames has the right to change the locks when you are not there.
If in the property in Kingston upon Thames there is anyone present, if you refuse to leave the owner must get an order from the court in Greater London.
Just know that threats to any kind of violence are illegal for an owner.
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 Greater London; however if you are squatting in commercial premises, this must be done 2 days prior to the court hearing.
The documents must contain the information about place and date of hearing in the court and also defence form.
But if you are not squatting in Kingston upon Thames, you must challenge the owner's case.
You must return the defence form to the court and attend the court hearing in Kingston upon Thames.
You will be ordered to quickly leave the property in Kingston upon Thames by the court in Greater London.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Greater London to evict you if you don't leave.
As they do not have the right to be living where they are, squatters in Stone Hill, Whiteshill, or Pucklechurch are considered as homeless.
To take help, you can apply to the local council in Kingston upon Thames and request to help you as a homeless person.
The local council in Greater London will help you look for a place where you can stay in Kingston upon Thames if you're single and homeless.
Some areas in Greater London offer an emergency service to homeless people to give them an option instead of squatting.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Kingston upon Thames may help you with emergency housing.
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 Stone Hill, Whiteshill, or Pucklechurch or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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