Squatters in Plymouth must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
Squatting means getting into a property in Plymouth and living there without the consent of the owner or the tenant.
Squatting in Plymouth, Saltash, or Plymstock is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
Just bear in mind that you will be evicted and arrested for entering the premises in Plymouth.
You are not classed as a squatter if you have stayed in a property in Devon when our lease has finished.
Squatting in a residential property in Plymouth is considered a criminal offence.
You may be arrested and if you are convicted, you could:
Sent to prison in Plymouth for a maximum of six months
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You are exempted from an arrest in Devon in case you:
Remained in the rental property in Plymouth after your license or tenancy ended
Entered the apartment in Devon genuinely thinking you were a tenant - a fraudulent letting agent rented the property to you without the right to
You are living on an unauthorized area in Plymouth as a gypsy or traveller
A squatter in Plymouth can easily be evicted if:
The Devon police aren't interested in arresting anyone
The owner in Plymstock, Plymouth, or Saltash is not involving police
It's commercial premises in Plymouth you are living in
It is the responsibility of the Plymouth owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
The landlord in Plymouth would usually have to get a court order in Devon if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
The owner of the property is bound to deliver copy of documents with possession claim to the squatter through post or letterbox no less than five days before the proceedings of the court in Devon or at least two days before in case of a commercialized property.
It must include the defence form along with the details of the exact date and time of the hearing.
You must challenge the owner's case, in the event that you're not squatting in Plymouth.
Do this by going to the court hearing in Plymouth on the date specified and return the defence forms to the court.
If you are actually squatter, the court in Devon will order you to vacate the property in Plymouth right away.
If you choose to remain on the property, the landowner is required to enlist the help of Devon court bailiffs to remove you from the property
Squatters in Plymstock, Saltash, or Plymouth are categorised as homeless individuals, as they don't have a place to live in.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Plymouth.
If you are homeless and unmarried, the Devon council would advise you on how to find a place to live in Plymouth.
Specialist emergency services are also available in some areas in Devon to avoid rough sleeping.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Plymouth can offer you emergency housing.
But if you are under immigration or residency restrictions, for instance, you are seeking asylum in Plymstock, Saltash, or Plymouth or immigration status is showing that you don't have any access to public funds then Council is not bound to provide you with emergency or long-term housing solution.
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