The authorities in Sunderland can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
Squatting means going inside a property in Sunderland and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
Squatting is typically a final option for people in Peterlee, Seaham, or Cleadon who are homeless.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Sunderland premises and sent to the bars by the police.
If you have continued to live in the property in Tyne and Wear after your lease ended, you are not a squatter.
It is a criminal offense to squat in a rental property in Sunderland.
You can get arrested and in case you get convicted, you might:
Get a prison sentence in Sunderland for up to six months maximum
Fined up to £5,000
They will not arrest you in Tyne and Wear if you:
Staying on a property in Sunderland after your license or tenancy ended
You were deceived by a bogus letting agent into believing that you are a tenant of the Tyne and Wear premises
A Gypsy or Traveller living on an unauthorized location in Sunderland
Squatters in Sunderland may be removed if:
The Police in Tyne and Wear decline arresting such a person
The owner in Peterlee, Seaham, or Cleadon does not want police involvement
Squatters are residing in the premises of commercial property in Sunderland
It is the responsibility of the Sunderland owner to access the property and change the locks after you have left the building.
The landlord in Sunderland would usually have to get a court order in Tyne and Wear if you or some other squatter within the property refuse to leave.
If the owner threatens you or uses the violence to evict you, it is completely illegal.
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 Tyne and Wear (or 2 days for squatters in commercial sites).
The details in the forms must include the time and place of the court hearing, as well as the defence form.
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Sunderland.
That can be done by returning the defence form to the court and going to the court hearing in Sunderland.
However, if the court in Tyne and Wear rules that you are squatting, they will order you to leave the Sunderland property right away.
If you don't vacate the property, bailiffs from the court in Tyne and Wear may evict you on the owner's order.
A squatter in Seaham, Peterlee, or Cleadon is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
To take help, you can apply to the local council in Sunderland and request to help you as a homeless person.
The Tyne and Wear council should give you advice on finding somewhere to live in Sunderland if you are single ad homeless.
In some cases, as an alternative to sleeping rough, specialized providers can provide emergency assistance in Tyne and Wear.
If you're in dire priority need such as have kids or pregnant, the council in Sunderland may help you with 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 Peterlee, Seaham, or Cleadon).
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