You can be arrested and evicted if you are squatting in Northamptonshire.
Squatting means going inside a property in Northamptonshire and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
When you are homeless in Kettering, Corby, or Northampton, squatting is the last resort.
Squatting is not a long-term answer as you can be evicted from the location in Northamptonshire and arrested at any time.
You are not a squatter if you stayed on the property in Northamptonshire after the end of license or tenancy.
If you enter a residential property in Northamptonshire illegally to squat, this is a criminal offence.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Be imprisoned in Northamptonshire to a maximum of 6 months
Fined up to £5,000
However, you won't be arrested in Northamptonshire if you are:
Remaining on the property in Northamptonshire after the expiration of your license or tenancy
You have been a victim of fraud agent and you entered a property in Northamptonshire genuinely being a tenant
Are a Traveller residing on an unauthorised land in Northamptonshire
Squatters in Northamptonshire may be removed if:
The police in Northamptonshire do not want to arrest you
The property owner in Northampton, Corby, or Kettering doesn't want to involve the police
It's commercial premises in Northamptonshire you are living in
The landlord in Northamptonshire may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
The owner usually gets a court order in Northamptonshire if someone is squatting in his property in Northamptonshire and refuses to move.
Just know that threats to any kind of violence are illegal for an owner.
The copy of possession claim form is posted through the letterbox or attached to the front door, which should be done by the property owner at least 5 days ahead of court hearing in Northamptonshire for squatting in residential property or 2 days earlier 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.
In case you are not a unlawful tenant in Northamptonshire, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
This is achieved by returning to the court, the defence form, and attending the hearing at court in Northamptonshire.
The court in Northamptonshire will order you to vacate the Northamptonshire property immediately if you are a squatter.
In case you decline to get out, the landlord may ask Northamptonshire court bailiffs to evict you.
Squatters in Corby, Kettering, or Northampton are categorized as homeless since they don't have the right to be staying where they are.
Since you don't have somewhere to go to, it would be wise to apply to the local council in Northamptonshire for help as a homeless person.
If you're single and homeless, the Northamptonshire council is going to advise you about where you can find a place to stay in Northamptonshire.
There are areas in Northamptonshire that offer emergency assistance via specialist services as an option to sleeping rough.
The council in Northamptonshire may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
But the council will not provide an immigrant who is seeking asylum in Northampton, Kettering, or Corby an emergency or permanent housing because you do not have a right to public funds.
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