You can be arrested and evicted if you are squatting in Leicestershire.
Squatting involves occupying and residing in a property in Leicestershire without the owner or tenant's permission.
When you are homeless in Hinckley, Coalville, or Loughborough, squatting is the last resort.
For the homeless, it is not a lasting solution because it is certain that you will be removed from the property in Leicestershire, and probably arrested too.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Leicestershire after your tenancy or licence ended.
Squatting in Leicestershire within a residential premise is considered a crime.
So, you can get arrested and you may face:
Prison in Leicestershire for about six (6) months
Fined up to £5,000
You won't be arrested in Leicestershire if you:
You are living in the property in Leicestershire after tenancy expired
A fake agent rented you to a property in Leicestershire which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
Are living on an unapproved site in Leicestershire as a traveller or a gypsy
A squatter in Leicestershire can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The Leicestershire police feel there is no need for an arrest
The property owner in Coalville, Loughborough, or Hinckley doesn't want to get the police involved
You are living in a commercial place in Leicestershire
The property owner in Leicestershire can replace the locks when everyone is outside.
The property owner in Leicestershire may also get a court order in Leicestershire to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten or apply violence during eviction.
The landowner should serve a print of ownership claim forms either via a letterbox or have it placed on the door of the squatter 5 days before the court hearings in Leicestershire or 2 days for people staying in commercial premises.
The forms should have the date and place of the court hearing and a defence form.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in Leicestershire.
Do this by applying to trial the defensive form and heading to court hearing in Leicestershire.
The Leicestershire court will usually order you to immediately vacate the premises in Leicestershire if you are a squatter.
If you fail to move out, the Leicestershire court bailiffs will force you out once the owner reports you.
Basically, squatters in Hinckley, Loughborough, or Coalville are regarded as homeless considering that they are not allowed to stay around.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Leicestershire.
The Leicestershire council will give you advice about how to find a place to stay in Leicestershire if you are single and homeless.
There are areas in Leicestershire that offer emergency assistance via specialist services as an option to sleeping rough.
If you are in priority need (for example, if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable) the council in Leicestershire may need to provide you with emergency housing.
However, local council will not be able to assist you in emergency or long-term housing in case you are restricted with residency or immigration status such as asylum seekers in Loughborough, Coalville, or Hinckley.
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