You can easily be ejected and arrested if you are squatting in Lowestoft.
Squatting means going inside a property in Lowestoft and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Beccles, Lowestoft, or Bungay has when they are homeless.
For the homeless, it is not a long-term alternative as you will be evicted from the Lowestoft premises and most probably an arrest.
You are not a squatter if you stayed at the property in Suffolk after the end of the tenancy term or license.
Squatting is a criminal offense in a residential property in Lowestoft.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Remand you in Lowestoft for up to 6 months
Fines up to £5,000
Reasons why you should not be arrested in Suffolk:
Remained in the rental property in Lowestoft after the end of your tenancy or license
Began living in the Suffolk property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
You are living on an unauthorized area in Lowestoft as a gypsy or traveller
A squatter in Lowestoft can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Suffolk
The property owner in Bungay, Lowestoft, or Beccles doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
You live in a commercial property in Lowestoft
The landlord in Lowestoft may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
In case a squatter in a property in Lowestoft refuse to move out, the owner may seek a court injunction in Suffolk.
It is not legal for the property owner to issue threats or use violence to evict someone.
The owner of the property is bound to deliver copy of documents with possession claim to the squatter through post or letterbox no less than five days before the proceedings of the court in Suffolk or at least two days before in case of a commercialized property.
The information provided must include a defence form as well as giving the knowledge of the place and time of the hearing.
You must challenge the owner's case, in the event that you're not squatting in Lowestoft.
This is achieved by returning to the court, the defence form, and attending the hearing at court in Lowestoft.
The court in Suffolk will order you to vacate the premises in Lowestoft right away if you have been squatting.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Suffolk to evict you if you don't leave.
Squatters in Lowestoft, Bungay, or Beccles are generally regarded as homeless people since they do not have any right to stay at the place which belongs o you.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Lowestoft.
The Suffolk council should provide you with advice on how to find somewhere to stay in Lowestoft.
Some areas in Suffolk offer an emergency service to homeless people to give them an option instead of squatting.
If you have children or if you are pregnant, the council in Lowestoft will provide you with emergency housing as well and the same applies to the vulnerable.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Bungay, Lowestoft, or Beccles so you have residences and immigration restrictions applicable or the status of your immigration means that you do not have recourse to public funds.
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