The authorities in Sutton can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Sutton without having permission from the owner or tenant.
Squatting is often a last resort kind of thing for people who are homeless in Hackbridge, Carshalton, or Bandonhill.
If you're homeless, it isn't a long-term alternative as for sure you will be evicted from the property in Sutton, and maybe even arrested.
You are not considered a squatter if you still live on land or property in Greater London once your tenancy or license has ended.
Squatting in a residential property in Sutton is considered a criminal offence.
Squatting can get you arrested and if convicted, you may:
Go to jail in Sutton for about 6 months
Be penalised up to £5,000
However, you can avoid the arrest in Greater London if:
Continued to live in a premise in Sutton after your tenancy ended
Went into the Greater London 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 gypsy or wanderer residing in area that is unauthorized in Sutton
As a Sutton squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
The Greater London police aren't interested in arresting anyone
The property owner in Hackbridge, Bandonhill, or Carshalton doesn't want to get the police involved
You stay on a commercial property in Sutton
If the squatters have gone out, the owner of the property in Sutton can change locks.
If you live in the Sutton property alone or with another settler and will not leave, the owner must get a court order in Greater London to evict you.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten or apply violence during eviction.
The owner of the property is bound to deliver copy of documents with possession claim to the squatter through post or letterbox no less than five days before the proceedings of the court in Greater London or at least two days before in case of a commercialized property.
This must be inclusive of a copy of the possession order, a defence form, and all the important details regarding the court heating,
In case you are not a squatter in Sutton, you can challenge the case of a landlord.
Do this by taking back the defence form to court and attend court proceedings in Sutton.
But if you are a squatter, the Greater London court will instantly require you to leave the premises in Sutton.
If you don't leave the property, the owner can ask the Greater London court bailiffs to evict you.
Squatters in Hackbridge, Carshalton, or Bandonhill are categorized as homeless since they don't have the right to be staying where they are.
As a homeless person, you can apply to your local council in Sutton for help.
The Greater London council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Sutton if you are homeless and also single.
In some areas in Greater London, special services may provide emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The council in Sutton can provide emergency housing to the people who are vulnerable, have children or are pregnant.
The council does not have to offer emergency or long term housing if restrictions of residences or immigration apply to you, for instance if you are seeking asylum in Hackbridge, Carshalton, or Bandonhill or your immigration status means you have 'no recourse to public funds'.
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