Squatters in Newcastle-under-Lyme are prone to eviction and can be arrested easily.
When you start living on a property in Newcastle-under-Lyme without the owner's permission, it will be considered as Squatting.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, or Alsager has when they are homeless.
Just bear in mind that you will be evicted and arrested for entering the premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
You are not a squatter if you stayed on the property in Staffordshire after the end of license or tenancy.
Squatting in a private property in Newcastle-under-Lyme without permission qualifies as criminal offense.
It is likely you will get arrested and convicted of:
Sent to prison in Newcastle-under-Lyme for a maximum of six months
Pay up to £5,000 in fines
The following situations in Staffordshire would not warrant an arrest:
Continued living in the same premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme after the end of tenancy or licence
Went into the Staffordshire 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 Newcastle-under-Lyme
A squatter in Newcastle-under-Lyme can easily be evicted if:
Staffordshire police don't carry out the arrest and leave you with a warning
The owner of the property in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kidsgrove, or Alsager does not want to call the police
You are living in commercial premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme
The owner in Newcastle-under-Lyme can go to the property and change the locks while you are outside the premises.
If you refuse to leave the Newcastle-under-Lyme property, the owner can't threaten or force you out rather, they can get a court order for your eviction in Staffordshire.
It is illegal for the owner of the premises to make threats or use violence.
The property owner must give a copy of possession claim papers either through the letterbox or post it on the squatter's door at least five days prior to the court proceedings in Staffordshire or two days for those living in a commercial building.
The details of the time and place of court hearing must be mentioned in this form and a defence form with these forms.
If you are wrongly accused of squatting in Newcastle-under-Lyme, challenge the case by returning the defence form to the court.
Simply, go to the court hearing in Newcastle-under-Lyme and return the defence form.
The court in Staffordshire will ask you to immediately leave the property in Newcastle-under-Lyme if you're a squatter.
Failure to vacate, the owner must ask the court bailiffs in Staffordshire to remove you.
Squatters in Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, or Alsager are also called homeless because you cannot claim the right to own a place where you are living.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
If you are homeless and unmarried, the Staffordshire council would advise you on how to find a place to live in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Specialist emergency services are also available in some areas in Staffordshire to avoid rough sleeping.
If you at risk, for instance if you have young children, or are pregnant, the Newcastle-under-Lyme council may make emergency housing provisions for you.
But if you are under immigration or residency restrictions, for instance, you are seeking asylum in Kidsgrove, Alsager, or Newcastle-under-Lyme or immigration status is showing that you don't have any access to public funds then Council is not bound to provide you with emergency or long-term housing solution.
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