Squatters in West Midlands are prone to eviction and can be arrested easily.
Squatting means encamping or living at the land in West Midlands owned by someone else and you have no permission of it.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Brierly Hill, Stourbridge, or Wolverhampton has when they are homeless.
It's not a long-term alternative for homeless persons and you'll most like be removed from West Midlands and probably arrested by the police.
If you lived in a property in West Midlands after your tenancy or licence came to an end you are considered as a squatter.
Squatting in a residential property in West Midlands is a criminal act.
They can arrest, and convict you and you may face:
Remand you in West Midlands for up to 6 months
Pay up to £5,000 in fines
They will not arrest you in West Midlands if you:
You remained in a rented property in West Midlands even after the end of your tenancy or license
Began living in the West Midlands property genuinely thinking you were a tenant - for example where a fake letting agent rented you a property, they had no permission to
You are living on an unauthorized area in West Midlands as a gypsy or traveller
You can be removed as a squatter in West Midlands if:
The police in West Midlands are unwilling to arrest you
The owner of the property in Wolverhampton, Brierly Hill, or Stourbridge does not feel the need to involve the police
He/she lives in a commercial property in West Midlands
The owner in West Midlands can change the locks of the doors when you're not at home.
If you or another squatter in in the premise in West Midlands, the owner must usually get a West Midlands court order if you refuse to vacate.
The owner cannot use violence to throw you out of the place because it is illegal.
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 West Midlands or 2 days for people staying in commercial premises.
The papers must bear defence form, place and court hearing date.
You may challenge the landlord's case if you are not squatting in the property in West Midlands.
Do this by applying to trial the defensive form and heading to court hearing in West Midlands.
If the West Midlands court rules that you are a squatter, you would be ordered to vacate the West Midlands property within a short timeframe.
If they don't leave, the owner can request bailiffs from the West Midlands court to evict you.
Squatters in Stourbridge, Brierly Hill, or Wolverhampton are classified as homeless because they don't have permission to live where they are.
Apply to your local council in West Midlands and enjoy the homeless people's benefits.
The West Midlands Council can direct you on how to get somewhere to stay in West Midlands if you are homeless and single.
In some West Midlands areas, specialist services may render emergency help as an alternative to sleeping rough.
The council in West Midlands may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
If your homelessness is as a result of immigration issues, for instance, if you are seeking asylum in Stourbridge, Wolverhampton, or Brierly Hill 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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