You can easily be ejected and arrested if you are squatting in Wiltshire.
Squatting means living in a property in Wiltshire without the permission of the homeowner.
Usually when you are homeless in Salisbury, Chippenham, or Trowbridge, squatting is a last resort.
It doesn't offer a lasting solution for a destitute as you are likely to be evicted from the Wiltshire premises and sent to the bars by the police.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Wiltshire after your tenancy or licence ended.
If you enter a residential property in Wiltshire illegally to squat, this is a criminal offence.
You can be arrested and if convicted then:
Sent to prison in Wiltshire for a maximum of six months
Get a fine of £5000 maximum
However, you can avoid the arrest in Wiltshire if:
You remained in the land in Wiltshire after the end of tenancy or license
Believed you are renting the Wiltshire property legally- for instance, a fake property agent leased you a property when they shouldn't have
You are gypsy or wanderer residing in area that is unauthorized in Wiltshire
You can be easily removed as a squatter in Wiltshire if:
The police in Wiltshire are not willing to arrest them
The landowner in Salisbury, Trowbridge, or Chippenham has no interest in seeking the assistance of the police
They are living in a commercial premises in Wiltshire
The owner in Wiltshire has the right to change the locks when you are not there.
If in the property in Wiltshire there is anyone present, if you refuse to leave the owner must get an order from the court in Wiltshire.
It is illegal for the owner to threaten violence against you.
The copy of possession claim form is posted through the letterbox or attached to the front door, which should be done by the property owner at least 5 days ahead of court hearing in Wiltshire for squatting in residential property or 2 days earlier commercial building.
This must be inclusive of a copy of the possession order, a defence form, and all the important details regarding the court heating,
You can challenge the case to confirm you are not a squatter in Wiltshire.
Do this by going to the court hearing in Wiltshire on the date specified and return the defence forms to the court.
In case you're indeed a squatter, you will be ordered to vacate the Wiltshire property right away by the court in Wiltshire.
If you are squatting a property otherwise you will be evicted by the bailiffs from the court in Wiltshire.
Squatters in Salisbury, Chippenham, or Trowbridge are classified as homeless because you are not entitled to live where you are.
Homeless people can apply for help at their local council in Wiltshire.
Local council in Wiltshire can assist you in finding a place for stay in Wiltshire if you are homeless and also single.
Some regions such as Wiltshire have the facility to provide emergency help as an alternative to the rough sleeping.
The Wiltshire council may have to give you emergency residence if you are in priority need, such as being expectant, having children or are vulnerable.
But the council will not provide an immigrant who is seeking asylum in Salisbury, Chippenham, or Trowbridge an emergency or permanent housing because you do not have a right to public funds.
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