You can be arrested and evicted if you are squatting in Merseyside.
Unlawful entry into a property in Merseyside and staying there without consent from the owner is called squatting.
Squatting is normally a last resort for homeless people in Southport, Saint Helens, or Liverpool.
Squatting is not a long-term answer as you can be evicted from the location in Merseyside and arrested at any time.
You are not considered a squatter if, after your tenancy expires, you remain in the property in Merseyside.
Squatting in a residential property in Merseyside is considered a criminal offence.
You can be arrested and if convicted can be:
Sent to prison in Merseyside for a maximum of six months
Pay a fine around £5,000
You may not be arrested in Merseyside if you are:
You remained in a rented property in Merseyside even after the end of your tenancy or license
Went into the Merseyside property believing you were given tenancy over it - an example is if a hoax agency that had to right to rent, rented you the property
Are a Gypsy or traveller living in an unauthorized camp in Merseyside
They will evict you as a squatter in Merseyside easily if:
Merseyside police don't carry out the arrest and leave you with a warning
The owner of the property in Liverpool, Saint Helens, or Southport does not want to call the police
He/she lives in a commercial property in Merseyside
The property owner in Merseyside can replace the locks when everyone is outside.
If you or another squatter are in the property in Merseyside, if you refuse to leave, the owner will normally have to get a court order in Merseyside.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
The property owner is required by the law to do either of these Post a copy of the claim forms through the letter box or Attach a possession claim to the property's front door a minimum of five days before the Merseyside court hearing, for commercial property, two days before the hearing is enough.
These must include a form of defence and information of the court hearing's location and time.
But if you are not squatting in Merseyside, you must challenge the owner's case.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Merseyside.
The court in Merseyside will ask you to immediately leave the property in Merseyside if you're a squatter.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from Merseyside to evict you.
You can receive some assistance meant for the homeless from the council because as a squatter in Southport, Liverpool, or Saint Helens, you are classified as homeless.
You can apply to your local council in Merseyside for assistance as a homeless person.
The Merseyside council should be able to give you advice on where you can find a place to live in Merseyside if you're homeless and single.
Sometimes emergency help may provide you with temporary shelter in Merseyside through specialist services.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Merseyside may help you with emergency housing.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Southport, Liverpool, or Saint Helens 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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