Squatters in Wandsworth are susceptible to removal and being arrested.
Squatting is when a person deliberately gains access to your property in Wandsworth and starts living there without the owner's or the tenant's consent.
If you are homeless in Battersea, Putney, or Balham, this is usually a last resort for you.
If you're poor, it's not a long-term solution as you're almost certainly going to be evicted from the Wandsworth property and charged.
However, you live in a property in Greater London after your tenancy or license is expired then you cannot be termed as a squatter.
Squatting is a criminal offense in a residential property in Wandsworth.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Be imprisoned in Wandsworth to a maximum of 6 months
Fined up to £5000
However, you won't be arrested in Greater London if you are:
Stayed on in the house in Wandsworth after your tenancy ended
You truly went into a premise in Greater London believing that you are a tenant only to find out that you were conned by a fake renting agent
Are a Traveller residing on an unauthorised land in Wandsworth
As a Wandsworth squatter, you can be evicted if:
The police in Greater London don't wish to arrest you
The owner in Battersea, Balham, or Putney does not report to the police
You have occupied a commercial building in Wandsworth
The owner in Wandsworth, while you're all out, can enter and change the locks.
In case the squatter has declined to vacate the property in Wandsworth, and is still inside, the landlord can obtain court order in Greater London to vacate.
It is against the law for the landlord to use violence or even threaten to use violence against you.
The landowner should serve a print of ownership claim forms either via a letterbox or have it placed on the door of the squatter 5 days before the court hearings in Greater London or 2 days for people staying in commercial premises.
It must include the defence form along with the details of the exact date and time of the hearing.
You have a right to contest the landowner's case if you are not squatting on the property in Wandsworth.
You can do this by going to the court with defence form and attending the proceedings in Wandsworth.
If you squat, the Greater London court will order you to vacate the property in Wandsworth pronto.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from Greater London to evict you.
Squatters in Putney, Battersea, or Balham are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
Since you don't have somewhere to go to, it would be wise to apply to the local council in Wandsworth for help as a homeless person.
The Greater London council should provide you with advice on how to find somewhere to stay in Wandsworth.
In some Greater London areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
Also, the council in Wandsworth may provide you emergency house to stay if you are pregnant, have children or are vulnerable.
Those who come under the immigration or residences restrictions won't be able to get longer-term housing from the council, such as asylum seekers in Putney, Balham, or Battersea or a "no recourse to public funds" status.
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