If you are a squatter in Warrington, you risk being evicted easily or arrested.
Squatting means living in a property in Warrington without the permission of the homeowner.
Squatting in Runcorn, Golborne, or Altrincham is mostly a last resort for someone who is homeless.
Just bear in mind that you will be evicted and arrested for entering the premises in Warrington.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Cheshire after your tenancy or licence ended.
It is considered a criminal offence in Warrington to be squatting in a residential building.
Squatting can get you arrested and if convicted, you may:
Sent to prison in Warrington for a maximum of six months
Pay a fine of up to £5,000
You may not be arrested in Cheshire if you:
Living on the property in Warrington after your tenancy or you licence expired
Began living in the Cheshire property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
Are living on an unapproved site in Warrington as a traveller or a gypsy
A squatter in Warrington can be easily and quickly evicted if:
The police refuse to make any arrests in Cheshire
The property holder in Altrincham, Runcorn, or Golborne is reluctant to involve the police
Squatters are residing in the premises of commercial property in Warrington
The owner in Warrington can go to the property and change the locks while you are outside the premises.
The property owner in Warrington may also get a court order in Cheshire to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
Using or threatening violence against you is illegal for the owner.
The property owner must give a copy of possession claim papers either through the letterbox or post it on the squatter's door at least five days prior to the court proceedings in Cheshire or two days for those living in a commercial building.
The information provided must include a defence form as well as giving the knowledge of the place and time of the hearing.
If you are wrongly accused of squatting in Warrington, challenge the case by returning the defence form to the court.
You can do this by replying through the defence form to the court and go to the court hearing in Warrington.
The court in Cheshire will order you to vacate the premises in Warrington right away if you have been squatting.
In case you decline to move from the property, the owner can request court bailiffs in Cheshire to escort you out.
Squatters in Runcorn, Golborne, or Altrincham are generally regarded as homeless people since they do not have any right to stay at the place which belongs o you.
Apply to your local council in Warrington and enjoy the homeless people's benefits.
The Cheshire council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Warrington if you are homeless and also single.
In some cases, as an alternative to sleeping rough, specialized providers can provide emergency assistance in Cheshire.
The council in Warrington may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Golborne, Runcorn, or Altrincham so you have residences and immigration restrictions applicable or the status of your immigration means that you do not have recourse to public funds.
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