If you are a squatter in Sale, you risk being evicted easily or arrested.
Unlawful entry into a property in Sale and staying there without consent from the owner is called squatting.
Squatting is typically a final option for people in Royton, Stretford, or Shevington who are homeless.
Squatting isn't a long-term option if you are homeless as you will be evicted from the building in Sale and possibly arrested one day.
You are not a squatter because you live in a house in Greater Manchester when your lease or license has expired.
Don't forget living in someone's property in Sale without permission is a crime.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Sentenced for 6 months in prison in Sale
Fines up to £5,000
However, you won't be arrested in Greater Manchester if you are:
You remained in a rented property in Sale even after the end of your tenancy or license
Gained access to the Greater Manchester property lawfully believing you were a tenant - for instance, if a rogue letting agent rented you a property they had no right to
You are a traveller or gypsy encamping on an unauthorised site in Sale
A squatter in Sale can be easily evicted if:
The police in Greater Manchester are unwilling to arrest you
The owner of the property in Stretford, Shevington, or Royton finds no reason to report to the authority
You make a commercial premise your home in Sale
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Sale can change locks.
If you refuse to leave the Sale property, the owner can't threaten or force you out rather, they can get a court order for your eviction in Greater Manchester.
It is illegal for the owner of the premises to make threats or use violence.
The owner must send a copy of their possession claim documents via the letterbox or attach it to the front door at least 5 days to the court hearing in Greater Manchester (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
The information provided must include a defence form as well as giving the knowledge of the place and time of the hearing.
But if you are not squatting in Sale, you must challenge the owner's case.
Do this by going to the court hearing in Sale on the date specified and return the defence forms to the court.
You will be ordered to quickly leave the property in Sale by the court in Greater Manchester.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the Greater Manchester court to evict you.
A squatter in Stretford, Royton, or Shevington is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Sale.
The Greater Manchester council should provide you with advice on how to find somewhere to stay in Sale.
In some Greater Manchester areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Sale can offer you emergency housing.
When visa or social restrictions apply to you, the authority does not have to have temporary or longer-term accommodation (e.g. if your status of immigration indicates you have' no use of public funds' or you are an asylum seeker in Royton, Stretford, or Shevington).
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