Squatting, without a doubt, can lead to an eviction and arrest in Rayleigh.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in Rayleigh owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting is usually the last resort in Canvey Island, Benfleet, or Wickford when you are homeless.
It can not prove to be a long-standing option for homeless people as they are most likely to be evicted from Rayleigh or arrested by police.
You will not be regarded as a squatter in case you continue to reside on the property or land in Essex after the end of your license or tenancy.
Don't forget living in someone's property in Rayleigh without permission is a crime.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Get a prison sentence in Rayleigh for up to six months maximum
Having to pay a fine up to £5,000
You are exempted from an arrest in Essex in case you:
Continued to live in a premise in Rayleigh after your tenancy ended
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in Essex thinking you were a tenant
You are a traveller or nomad living on unauthorised land in Rayleigh
You can be removed as a squatter in Rayleigh if:
The Essex police seem unwilling to arrest the squatter
The owner in Wickford, Benfleet, or Canvey Island is not involving police
You are living in commercial premises in Rayleigh
As soon as you are not on the property, the Rayleigh landowner can gain access to the property and replace all the locks.
If you or another squatter are in the property in Rayleigh, if you refuse to leave, the owner will normally have to get a court order in Essex.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
The owner needs to attach the copy of their possession claim forms to the front door at least 5 days before court hearing in Essex, or 2 days for those situated on commercial premises.
The details in the forms must include the time and place of the court hearing, as well as the defence form.
In case you are not a unlawful tenant in Rayleigh, you may decide to challenge the property holder.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Rayleigh.
If you squat, the Essex court will order you to vacate the property in Rayleigh pronto.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Essex to evict you if you don't leave.
You can receive some assistance meant for the homeless from the council because as a squatter in Canvey Island, Benfleet, or Wickford, you are classified as homeless.
You can apply to your local council in Rayleigh for assistance as a homeless person.
If you are single and homeless, the council in Essex will give you advice about finding a place to live in Rayleigh.
There are certain areas in Essex with specialist services to provide emergency assistance to eliminate sleeping rough.
The Rayleigh council provide emergency housing to those in priority need, such as having vulnerable children and being pregnant.
However, if you have immigration or residences restriction, the council will not offer long-term or emergency housing, for instance, either the status of your immigration indicates 'no recourse to public funds' or you're an asylum seeker in Wickford, Canvey Island, or Benfleet.
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