Squatters can be easily evicted, charged, and arrested in Telford.
When you start living on a property in Telford without the owner's permission, it will be considered as Squatting.
If you are homeless in Market Drayton, Telford, or Shifnal, this is usually a last resort for you.
For the homeless, it is not a lasting solution because it is certain that you will be removed from the property in Telford, and probably arrested too.
If you continue living on a property in Shropshire after the expiration of your license or tenancy, that's not squatting.
Squatting in a residential property is considered a criminal offence in Telford.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Sent for up to six months in prison in Telford
Having to pay a fine up to £5,000
You will not get arrested in Shropshire if:
Continued to live in a premise in Telford after your tenancy ended
A fake agent rented you to a property in Shropshire which they had no right to, as it is not your fault
Living on an unauthorized site in Telford as a traveller or gypsy
As a Telford squatter, you may be removed from a property if:
Police in Shropshire are not showing an interest for arrestation
The owner of the property in Market Drayton, Shifnal, or Telford finds no reason to report to the authority
They are living in business premises in Telford
The owner in Telford, while you're all out, can enter and change the locks.
The owner can obtain a court order in Shropshire if you or any other squatter if you fail to move out of the property in Telford.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
In this case, the property owner must post a copy of his possession claim forms through the letterbox or attach the same to the squatter's front door, and this should be done at least five (5) days before the court hearing in Shropshire.
The information provided must include a defence form as well as giving the knowledge of the place and time of the hearing.
You will have to challenge the owner's claim if you are not a squatter in Telford.
This can be done by taking the defence form to the court and attending the court hearing in Telford.
The court in Shropshire will order you to vacate the premises in Telford right away if you have been squatting.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the Shropshire court to evict you.
Squatters in Telford, Shifnal, or Market Drayton don't have the right to live in the place where they are. Therefore, they are classed as homeless.
If you seek assistance as a homeless person from your local council in Telford, you may likely be considered.
If you are single and homeless you must be advised on finding someplace to stay in Telford by the Shropshire council.
Specialist emergency services are also available in some areas in Shropshire to avoid rough sleeping.
If you have children or if you are pregnant, the council in Telford will provide you with emergency housing as well and the same applies to the vulnerable.
However, if you have immigration or residences restriction, the council will not offer long-term or emergency housing, for instance, either the status of your immigration indicates 'no recourse to public funds' or you're an asylum seeker in Market Drayton, Shifnal, or Telford.
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