If you are squatting in Portsmouth, you could be easily arrested and evicted.
Squatting involves occupying and residing in a property in Portsmouth without the owner or tenant's permission.
Squatting is often a last resort kind of thing for people who are homeless in Pyle, Cowes, or Ryde.
It isn't an option that is long-term for the homeless, and you will possibly be arrested and almost certainly be removed in Portsmouth.
You are not considered a squatter if, after your tenancy expires, you remain in the property in Hampshire.
It is a criminal offence in Portsmouth to squat on a private property.
You risk being arrested and in case you are found guilty, you may:
Prison in Portsmouth for about six (6) months
Up to £ 5,000 fined
You are exempted from an arrest in Hampshire in case you:
You keep on staying within the rental premises in Portsmouth upon expiry of tenancy or certificate
Gained access to the Hampshire property lawfully believing you were a tenant - for instance, if a rogue letting agent rented you a property they had no right to
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Portsmouth
It is easy to evict a squatter in Portsmouth under the following conditions:
The Police in Hampshire decline arresting such a person
The property owner in Pyle, Ryde, or Cowes doesn't want to involve the Police in the matter
They are staying in commercial premises in Portsmouth
The owner in Portsmouth has the right to change the locks when you are not there.
If there is a squatter inside the property in Portsmouth, the landlord will have to first get a Hampshire court order if there is anyone who has refused to vacate.
Just know that threats to any kind of violence are illegal for an owner.
The property owner must give a copy of possession claim papers either through the letterbox or post it on the squatter's door at least five days prior to the court proceedings in Hampshire or two days for those living in a 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.
You can challenge the owner's case if you are not a squatter in Portsmouth.
You must return the defence form to the court and attend the court hearing in Portsmouth.
However, if you are squatting, you will be ordered by the court in Hampshire to vacate the property in Portsmouth without delay.
If you are squatting a property otherwise you will be evicted by the bailiffs from the court in Hampshire.
Squatters in Ryde, Pyle, or Cowes don't have the right to live in the place where they are. Therefore, they are classed as homeless.
You can seek for assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Portsmouth.
The local council in Hampshire will help you look for a place where you can stay in Portsmouth if you're single and homeless.
Some areas in Hampshire offer an emergency service to homeless people to give them an option instead of squatting.
Also, the council in Portsmouth may provide you emergency house to stay if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
You don't have access to such provision if you are affected by residences or immigration restrictions, such as people whose immigration status doesn't give them access to public funds and asylum seekers in Pyle, Ryde, or Cowes are examples of people under such restrictions.
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