Squatters can be evicted and easily arrested in Peterborough.
Squatting is when a person deliberately gains access to your property in Peterborough and starts living there without the owner's or the tenant's consent.
Most times, squatting is the only remaining choice when you are homeless in Orton Southgate, Eye, or Farcet.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from Peterborough and probably arrested by the police.
One is not regarded as a squatter when still staying on the property or land in Cambridgeshire upon expiry of the leasehold or license.
Squatting in a private property in Peterborough without permission qualifies as criminal offense.
You may be arrested and if you are convicted, you could:
Spend up to 6 months in prison in Peterborough
Fines up to £5,000
You may not be detained in Cambridgeshire if:
Remaining on the property in Peterborough after the expiration of your license or tenancy
Went into the Cambridgeshire 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
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Peterborough
As a squatter in Peterborough, you will be possibly be evicted if:
The police in Cambridgeshire don't wish to arrest you
The landowner in Orton Southgate, Eye, or Farcet has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
They are living in business premises in Peterborough
The owner in Peterborough has the right to change the locks when you are not there.
The property owner in Peterborough may also get a court order in Cambridgeshire to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
Using or threatening violence against you is illegal for the owner.
The owner needs to attach the copy of their possession claim forms to the front door at least 5 days before court hearing in Cambridgeshire, or 2 days for those situated on commercial premises.
These must include a form of defence and information of the court hearing's location and time.
In case you are not a squatter in Peterborough, you can challenge the case of a landlord.
Then, be present at the court hearing in Peterborough and return the defence form to the court.
But if you are a squatter, the Cambridgeshire court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Peterborough.
If you refuse to leave the property, then the landlord needs to ask the official Cambridgeshire court bailiffs to remove you from the premises.
Squatters in Orton Southgate, Eye, or Farcet are generally regarded as homeless people since they do not have any right to stay at the place which belongs o you.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Peterborough.
The Cambridgeshire council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Peterborough if you are homeless and also single.
You may also receive emergency help from specialist services in some areas in Cambridgeshire rather than sleeping outside.
The Peterborough council may have to give you emergency residence if you are in priority need, such as being expectant, having children or are vulnerable.
However, the council cannot offer long-term housing if residences or immigration restrictions apply to you, for example, you are an asylum seeker in Orton Southgate, Farcet, or Eye or your immigration status is "No recourse to public funds".
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