Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Northumberland.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Northumberland owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting is typically a final option for people in Blyth, Cramlington, or Ashington who are homeless.
If you're homeless, it isn't a long-term alternative as for sure you will be evicted from the property in Northumberland, and maybe even arrested.
You are not a squatter if you stayed on the property in Northumberland after the end of license or tenancy.
It is a criminal offence in Northumberland to squat on a private property.
You may be arrested and be looking at:
Sent to jail in Northumberland for up to 6 months
Be penalised up to £5,000
Reasons why you should not be arrested in Northumberland:
You remained in a rented property in Northumberland even after the end of your tenancy or license
You have been deceived into thinking you were a tenant, for instance, if you have rented a property in Northumberland from a fraudulent agent
Are living on an unapproved site in Northumberland as a traveller or a gypsy
As a squatter in Northumberland, you will be possibly be evicted if:
The police in Northumberland are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Ashington, Cramlington, or Blyth doesn't want the police to be involved
You live in business premises in Northumberland
Locks can be changed by the owner in Northumberland while you were not in the property.
The landlord in Northumberland would usually have to get a court order in Northumberland if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
In this case, the property owner must post a copy of his possession claim forms through the letterbox or attach the same to the squatter's front door, and this should be done at least five (5) days before the court hearing in Northumberland.
The details in the forms must include the time and place of the court hearing, as well as the defence form.
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Northumberland.
Do this by returning the defence form and attending the court hearing in Northumberland.
If you squat, the Northumberland court will order you to vacate the property in Northumberland pronto.
In case you decline to move from the property, the owner can request court bailiffs in Northumberland to escort you out.
Squatters in Cramlington, Ashington, or Blyth are categorised as homeless individuals, as they don't have a place to live in.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Northumberland.
If you are single and homeless you must be advised on finding someplace to stay in Northumberland by the Northumberland council.
Emergency help may be given to you by the specialist services as an alternative in some areas in Northumberland.
Also, the council in Northumberland may provide you emergency house to stay if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
Yet, the local authority may not be able to provide you with emergency or lasting housing solution in case you are under immigration or residential restrictions, example, in case you are looking for asylum in Cramlington, Blyth, or Ashington.
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