You can be easily evicted and arrested if you are a squatter in Oxfordshire.
Squatting means getting into a property in Oxfordshire and living there without the consent of the owner or the tenant.
Most times, squatting is the only remaining choice when you are homeless in Oxford, Bicester, or Banbury.
This option is a temporary measure if you are homeless as you will be evicted by the property owner in Oxfordshire and you may be arrested or fined.
Your cannot be considered a squatter if you still live on a property or land in Oxfordshire at the end of your tenancy.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Oxfordshire.
You'd most probably be arrested and in case of a conviction, you can face:
Get a prison sentence in Oxfordshire for up to six months maximum
Be fined a maximum of £5,000
You should not be prosecuted in Oxfordshire if you:
You keep on staying within the rental premises in Oxfordshire upon expiry of tenancy or certificate
You truly went into a premise in Oxfordshire believing that you are a tenant only to find out that you were conned by a fake renting agent
You are a traveller or nomad living on unauthorised land in Oxfordshire
As a Oxfordshire squatter, you can be evicted if:
The Oxfordshire police are not ready to carry out an arrest
The owner of the property in Oxford, Banbury, or Bicester will not involve the police
You live in a commercial property in Oxfordshire
And the property owner in Oxfordshire may change the locks when you are not around.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Oxfordshire, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Oxfordshire to vacate.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
The landlord needs to give a possession claim form copy to the squatters (either by post or attaching to the door) at least five days before the court hearing in Oxfordshire is due - or two days if this is occurring in a commercial building.
The information provided must include a defence form as well as giving the knowledge of the place and time of the hearing.
If you are wrongly accused of squatting in Oxfordshire, challenge the case by returning the defence form to the court.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Oxfordshire.
If you are a squatter, you will be ordered by the court in Oxfordshire to leave the land in Oxfordshire on the earliest basis.
If you refuse to leave the property, then the landlord needs to ask the official Oxfordshire court bailiffs to remove you from the premises.
You can receive some assistance meant for the homeless from the council because as a squatter in Bicester, Oxford, or Banbury, you are classified as homeless.
As a homeless person, you can apply to your local council in Oxfordshire for help.
The local council in Oxfordshire will help you look for a place where you can stay in Oxfordshire if you're single and homeless.
Some areas in Oxfordshire offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
In case you have urgent needs to be met for instance, you are pregnant or have children with you, the local council in Oxfordshire can assist in providing housing on emergency basis.
But the council will not provide an immigrant who is seeking asylum in Oxford, Banbury, or Bicester an emergency or permanent housing because you do not have a right to public funds.
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