Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Stoke.
If you enter someone's property in Stoke and live there without their consent and permission, you are squatting.
In most cases, squatting comes in as the last choice for someone who is homeless in Leek, Crowborough, or Biddulph.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from Stoke and probably arrested by the police.
You are not a squatter because you live in a house in Staffordshire when your lease or license has expired.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Stoke.
You can be arrested and convicted and you may be:
Sentenced in Stoke for up to 6 months
Fined up to £5,000
However, you can avoid the arrest in Staffordshire if:
You are living in the property in Stoke after tenancy expired
Went into the Staffordshire property believing you were given tenancy over it - an example is if a hoax agency that had to right to rent, rented you the property
You are only a gypsy or traveller camping on an unlicensed land in Stoke
You can be removed as a squatter in Stoke if:
The police in Staffordshire are not willing to arrest them
The owner of the property in Biddulph, Leek, or Crowborough doesn't want the police to be involved
You make a commercial premise your home in Stoke
As soon as you are not on the property, the Stoke landowner can gain access to the property and replace all the locks.
The property owner in Stoke may also get a court order in Staffordshire to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
It is against the law for the landlord to use violence or even threaten to use violence against you.
The property owner must attach a copy of their possession claim to the front door of the house or post it through the letterbox at least five days before the court hearing in Staffordshire.
The information on the possession claim must include Details of the time of the court hearing, The place of the hearing, A defence form.
You can challenge the case to confirm you are not a squatter in Stoke.
Then, be present at the court hearing in Stoke and return the defence form to the court.
The court in Staffordshire will order you to vacate the Stoke property immediately if you are a squatter.
Failure to vacate, the owner must ask the court bailiffs in Staffordshire to remove you.
If you are a Squatter in Crowborough, Leek, or Biddulph, you are deemed to be homeless as you have no right to live in another person's property illegally.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Stoke.
The Staffordshire council will give you advice about how to find a place to stay in Stoke if you are single and homeless.
Sometimes emergency help may provide you with temporary shelter in Staffordshire through specialist services.
In case you are badly in need including having children around or expectant, the local authority in Stoke 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 Crowborough, Leek, or Biddulph).
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