Squatters in Manchester must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Manchester owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Most times, squatting is the only remaining choice when you are homeless in Manchester, Atherton, or Sale.
For the homeless, it is not a lasting solution because it is certain that you will be removed from the property in Manchester, and probably arrested too.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in Greater Manchester at the end of your tenancy.
If you are squatting in a residentially owned property in Manchester, it is considered as a criminal offence.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Sentenced for 6 months in prison in Manchester
Pay a fine around £5,000
You may not be arrested in Greater Manchester if you are:
You are living in the property in Manchester after tenancy expired
Began living in the Greater Manchester 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 gypsy or wanderer residing in area that is unauthorized in Manchester
Manchester squatters can be evicted for many reasons, such as:
The Greater Manchester police seem unwilling to arrest the squatter
The landowner in Manchester, Atherton, or Sale has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
You are staying in a commercial property in Manchester
The owner in Manchester can lock you out of the property whilst you are not there.
The landlord in Manchester would usually have to get a court order in Greater Manchester if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
The owner cannot use violence against you or threaten you.
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 Manchester (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
This must include a form for defence, and the date and other court hearing details.
In case you are not a squatter in Manchester, you can challenge the case of a landlord.
You can challenge this by giving back the defence form and attending the court hearing in Manchester to provide your side to the story.
If the Greater Manchester court rules that you are a squatter, you would be ordered to vacate the Manchester property within a short timeframe.
If you fail to move out, the Greater Manchester court bailiffs will force you out once the owner reports you.
Basically, squatters in Sale, Manchester, or Atherton 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 Manchester.
The local council in Greater Manchester will help you look for a place where you can stay in Manchester if you're single and homeless.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Greater Manchester as opposed to sleeping rough.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Manchester can offer you emergency housing.
The council cannot provide you with an emergency residence or long-term housing if you are under immigration or residence restrictions, e.g. If you are an asylum seeker in Sale, Manchester, or Atherton and you have no rights on the public funds.
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