Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Lambeth.
Squatting is when a person deliberately gains access to your property in Lambeth and starts living there without the owner's or the tenant's consent.
When you are homeless in Kennington, Lambeth, or Brixton, squatting is the last resort.
Also, it shouldn't be taken as a long-term option if you are already homeless as squatters are liable to be evicted from Lambeth and arrested if need be.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Greater London after your tenancy or licence ended.
Squatting in a residential property in Lambeth is considered a criminal offence.
You'd most probably be arrested and in case of a conviction, you can face:
Get a prison sentence in Lambeth for up to six months maximum
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You should not be prosecuted in Greater London if you:
Remaining on the property in Lambeth after the expiration of your license or tenancy
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 Lambeth
A squatter in Lambeth can be easily evicted if:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Greater London
The owner of the property in Kennington, Lambeth, or Brixton finds no reason to report to the authority
Living in commercial premises in Lambeth
The owner in Lambeth can change the locks of the doors when you're not at home.
The owner usually gets a court order in Greater London if someone is squatting in his property in Lambeth and refuses to move.
It is against the law for the owner towards you to threaten or use violence.
The owner must send a copy of their possession claim documents via the letterbox or attach it to the front door at least 5 days to the court hearing in Greater London (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
This must be inclusive of a copy of the possession order, a defence form, and all the important details regarding the court heating,
If you are wrongly accused of squatting in Lambeth, challenge the case by returning the defence form to the court.
You can challenge this by giving back the defence form and attending the court hearing in Lambeth to provide your side to the story.
The court in Greater London will ask you to immediately leave the property in Lambeth if you're a squatter.
If you refuse to move on the property owner will request bailiffs from the Greater London court to remove you.
Since squatters in Brixton, Lambeth, or Kennington have no permission to stay on a property, they are classifying as homeless.
If you seek assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Lambeth, you may likely be considered.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Greater London will give you advice about finding a place to live in Lambeth.
Specialist emergency services are also available in some areas in Greater London to avoid rough sleeping.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Lambeth can offer you emergency housing.
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 Kennington, Brixton, or Lambeth or has a no recourse to public funds status.
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