Squatting, without a doubt, can lead to an eviction and arrest in Margate.
Squatting refers to the occupation of property or land in Margate without owner's or tenant's consent.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Ramsgate, Margate, or Broadstairs has when they are homeless.
Squatting isn't a long-term option if you are homeless as you will be evicted from the building in Margate and possibly arrested one day.
You are not considered a squatter if you still live on land or property in Kent once your tenancy or license has ended.
Squatting in a private property in Margate without permission qualifies as criminal offense.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Prison in Margate for about six (6) months
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
You may not be arrested in Kent if you are:
Went to stay in the property in Margate after your tenancy or licence expired
You have been deceived into thinking you were a tenant, for instance, if you have rented a property in Kent from a fraudulent agent
Living on an unauthorized site in Margate as a traveller or gypsy
As a Margate squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
The Kent police seem unwilling to arrest the squatter
The owner in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, or Margate does not report to the police
They are living in business premises in Margate
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Margate can change locks.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Margate, the landlord will have to first get a Kent court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
Harassment and threats of violence are against the law.
The property owner must attach a copy of their possession claim to the front door of the house or post it through the letterbox at least five days before the court hearing in Kent.
The information on the possession claim must include Details of the time of the court hearing, The place of the hearing, A defence form.
You can challenge the case to confirm you are not a squatter in Margate.
You can do this by forwarding to court the defence form and be in attendance of court hearings in Margate.
The court in Kent will order you to vacate the premises in Margate right away if you have been squatting.
If you fail to move out, the Kent court bailiffs will force you out once the owner reports you.
Squatters in Ramsgate, Margate, or Broadstairs are also called homeless because you cannot claim the right to own a place where you are living.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Margate.
If you are single and homeless you must be advised on finding someplace to stay in Margate by the Kent council.
In some areas in Kent, special services may provide emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The Margate council provide emergency housing to those in priority need, such as having vulnerable children and being pregnant.
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 Broadstairs, Ramsgate, or Margate or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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