Squatters in Thanet are always at the risk of eviction and arrest.
Squatting is when a person illegally enters a premise in Thanet to live without the permission of the tenant or owner of said property.
Squatting is normally a last resort for homeless people in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, or Margate.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Thanet premises and sent to the bars by the police.
If you continue living on a property in Kent after the expiration of your license or tenancy, that's not squatting.
Don't forget living in someone's property in Thanet without permission is a crime.
You can be arrested and convicted and you may be:
Sent to prison in Thanet for a maximum of six months
Fines up to £5,000
However, you cannot be arrested as a squatter in Kent if:
Living on the property in Thanet after your tenancy or you licence expired
You were deceived by a bogus letting agent into believing that you are a tenant of the Kent premises
You are a traveller or gypsy encamping on an unauthorised site in Thanet
Eviction of squatters in Thanet is possible if:
The police in Kent are reluctant to arrest anyone
The property owner in Ramsgate, Margate, or Broadstairs doesn't want to get the police involved
You live in a commercial property in Thanet
The property owner in Thanet can replace the locks when everyone is outside.
If you or another squatter in in the premise in Thanet, the owner must usually get a Kent court order if you refuse to vacate.
Use of violence or threat against you is illegal.
The law requires that the owner must post a copy of their claim for possession forms by the letterbox or fix it to the front door and he must paste his claim a minimum of five days before the court hearing in Kent for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
The forms must have a defence form and information about the venue and time of the court hearing.
You should challenge the owner's case in the law court, especially if you are not squatters in Thanet.
You can do this by forwarding to court the defence form and be in attendance of court hearings in Thanet.
The court in Kent will ask you to immediately leave the property in Thanet if you're a squatter.
If you refuse to move out, the owner can request the court bailiffs in Kent to evict you.
Squatters in Margate, Broadstairs, or Ramsgate are classified as homeless because you are not entitled to live where you are.
Applying as a homeless person contacting your local council in Thanet is the best thing you can do in this regard.
If you're single and homeless, the Kent council is going to advise you about where you can find a place to stay in Thanet.
Some areas in Kent offer expert services which offer emergency help so that you do not have to sleep just anywhere.
If you are in priority need (for example, if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable) the council in Thanet may need to provide you with emergency housing.
The council cannot provide you with an emergency residence or long-term housing if you are under immigration or residence restrictions, e.g. If you are an asylum seeker in Broadstairs, Margate, or Ramsgate and you have no rights on the public funds.
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