Squatters in Reading are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
The term squatting means occupying land or property in Reading without the consent of the tenant or the owner.
Squatting is normally a last resort for homeless people in Thatcham, Woodley, or Reading.
For the homeless, it is not a long-term alternative as you will be evicted from the Reading premises and most probably an arrest.
You are not considered a squatter if, after your tenancy expires, you remain in the property in Berkshire.
You'd be committing a criminal offense if you're squatting in a residential property in Reading.
As the consequences of squatting, you can be:
Up to six months in prison in Reading
Pay a fine around £5,000
You may not be arrested in Berkshire if you are:
Continued to live in a premise in Reading after your tenancy ended
You have been deceived into thinking you were a tenant, for instance, if you have rented a property in Berkshire from a fraudulent agent
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unauthorized location in Reading
As a Reading squatter, you can be evicted if:
The police in Berkshire are reluctant to arrest anyone
The owner of the property in Reading, Woodley, or Thatcham does not want to call the police
You live in a commercial property in Reading
The landlord in Reading may choose to change the locks while everyone is away.
If you or another squatter in in the premise in Reading, the owner must usually get a Berkshire court order if you refuse to vacate.
Harassment and threats of violence are against the law.
Owners must serve you with form copy of possession claims through the letterbox or paste it on the front door minimum 5 days before the scheduled court hearing in Berkshire, or 2 days for commercial places.
This must include a form for defence, and the date and other court hearing details.
You should challenge the owner's case in the law court, especially if you are not squatters in Reading.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Reading.
If the Berkshire court rules that you are a squatter, you would be ordered to vacate the Reading property within a short timeframe.
The owner can take help from court bailiffs in Berkshire if you don't leave the property after court orders.
Squatters in Thatcham, Woodley, or Reading are categorized as homeless since they don't have the right to be staying where they are.
To take help, you can apply to the local council in Reading and request to help you as a homeless person.
The Berkshire Council can direct you on how to get somewhere to stay in Reading if you are homeless and single.
Some areas in Berkshire have professional services designed to offer emergency support to eradicate rough sleeping.
In some situation, the council in Reading may need to give you emergency shelter if you are deemed as a priority case (pregnant, with children, or in danger).
However, if immigration restrictions such as no recourse to public funds applies to you or you are an asylum seeker in Thatcham, Woodley, or Reading, then the council does not need to provide any emergency shelter or long-term property.
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