Squatting, without a doubt, can lead to an eviction and arrest in Waltham Forest.
Squatting means going inside a property in Waltham Forest and living there without the consent of the landlord or the tenant.
Squatting in Stratford, Buckhurst Hill, or Walthamstow is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
The chances are that you'd be evicted from the Waltham Forest property and arrested if you're committing this offence.
You are not considered a squatter if, after your tenancy expires, you remain in the property in Greater London.
Squatting in a residential property in Waltham Forest is considered a criminal offence.
You can get arrested and in case you get convicted, you might:
Sent for up to six months in prison in Waltham Forest
Having to pay a fine up to £5,000
The following situations in Greater London would not warrant an arrest:
You are living in the property in Waltham Forest after tenancy expired
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in Greater London thinking you were a tenant
You are living on an unauthorized area in Waltham Forest as a gypsy or traveller
A squatter in Waltham Forest can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The Greater London police feel there is no need for an arrest
The owner of the property in Walthamstow, Stratford, or Buckhurst Hill is not interested in involving the police
They are living in a commercial premises in Waltham Forest
Locks can be changed by the owner in Waltham Forest while you were not in the property.
The owner can get a court order in Greater London if you or another squatter refuse to leave the property in Waltham Forest.
The owner cannot use violence against you or threaten you.
It is necessary or the owner to provide a squatter with a copy of possession claim form either through the letterbox or front door before the 5 days of the hearing in a court in Greater London (2 days in case of evicting squatters from the commercial place).
The documents must contain the information about place and date of hearing in the court and also defence form.
If you are wrongly accused of squatting in Waltham Forest, challenge the case by returning the defence form to the court.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Waltham Forest.
The court in Greater London will order you to vacate the Waltham Forest property immediately if you are a squatter.
The owner can take help from court bailiffs in Greater London if you don't leave the property after court orders.
Since squatters in Stratford, Buckhurst Hill, or Walthamstow have no permission to stay on a property, they are classifying as homeless.
Apply to your local council in Waltham Forest and enjoy the homeless people's benefits.
The local council in Greater London will help you look for a place where you can stay in Waltham Forest if you're single and homeless.
You may also receive emergency help from specialist services in some areas in Greater London rather than sleeping outside.
If you are in priority need (for example, if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable) the council in Waltham Forest may need to provide you with emergency housing.
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Stratford, Buckhurst Hill, or Walthamstow or if you cannot benefit from public funds due to your immigration status, then the council is under no obligation to make emergency or extended-period housing provisions for you.
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