The authorities in Newport can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Newport without having permission from the owner or tenant.
If you are homeless in Pontypool/Pont-y-pwl, Cwmbran/Cwmbrân, or Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy, this is usually a last resort for you.
This option is a temporary measure if you are homeless as you will be evicted by the property owner in Newport and you may be arrested or fined.
You are not considered a squatter if you still live on land or property in Gwent once your tenancy or license has ended.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Newport.
You may be arrested and be looking at:
Sent to prison in Newport for a maximum of six months
Pay up to £5,000 in fines
They will not arrest you in Gwent if you:
Stayed on in the house in Newport after your tenancy ended
Genuinely moved into a property in Gwent thinking you were a tenant, but you were cheated by a bogus renting agent
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unauthorized location in Newport
A squatter in Newport can be easily evicted if:
The police in Gwent are not willing to arrest them
The property owner in Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy, Cwmbran/Cwmbrân, or Pontypool/Pont-y-pwl doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
They are living in business premises in Newport
As soon as you are not on the property, the Newport landowner can gain access to the property and replace all the locks.
The owner usually gets a court order in Gwent if someone is squatting in his property in Newport and refuses to move.
Use of violence or threat against you is illegal.
Owners must serve you with form copy of possession claims through the letterbox or paste it on the front door minimum 5 days before the scheduled court hearing in Gwent, or 2 days for commercial places.
The forms must have a defence form and information about the venue and time of the court hearing.
You can challenge the owner's case if you are not a squatter in Newport.
This can be done by taking the defence form to the court and attending the court hearing in Newport.
The court in Gwent will ask you to immediately leave the property in Newport if you're a squatter.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the Gwent court to evict you.
Squatters in Cwmbran/Cwmbrân, Pontypool/Pont-y-pwl, or Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
You can apply to your local council in Newport for assistance as a homeless person.
If you are homeless and unmarried, the Gwent council would advise you on how to find a place to live in Newport.
Some areas in Gwent offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
If you are in priority need (for example, if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable) the council in Newport may need to provide you with emergency housing.
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 Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy, Pontypool/Pont-y-pwl, or Cwmbran/Cwmbrân or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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