Squatters in Worthing must know that they are easily evicted or arrested at any time.
The term squatting means occupying land or property in Worthing without the consent of the tenant or the owner.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Shoreham-By-Sea, Worthing, or Steyning has when they are homeless.
For the homeless, it is not a lasting solution because it is certain that you will be removed from the property in Worthing, and probably arrested too.
If you continue living on a property in West sussex after the expiration of your license or tenancy, that's not squatting.
Squatting in Worthing within a residential premise is considered a crime.
You may be arrested and be looking at:
Sentenced for 6 months in prison in Worthing
Charges up to £5,000
You should not be prosecuted in West sussex if you:
You were residing in the property of rent in Worthing after the expiry of your tenancy or license
You were cheated by a bogus renting agent while you genuinely moved into a property in West sussex thinking you were a tenant
You are a traveller or gipsy living on an unauthorized site in Worthing
You can be easily removed as a squatter in Worthing if:
The West sussex police aren't interested in arresting anyone
The property owner in Steyning, Worthing, or Shoreham-By-Sea doesn't want to get the police involved
He/she lives in a commercial property in Worthing
And the property owner in Worthing may change the locks when you are not around.
The property owner in Worthing may also get a court order in West sussex to facilitate the eviction when squatters refuse to leave.
It is against the law to harass or threaten you.
The law requires that the owner must post a copy of their claim for possession forms by the letterbox or fix it to the front door and he must paste his claim a minimum of five days before the court hearing in West sussex for a residential building, or two days if it is a commercial building.
The documents must contain the information about place and date of hearing in the court and also defence form.
If you're not a squatter in Worthing, the landlord's argument must be contested.
You can challenge this by giving back the defence form and attending the court hearing in Worthing to provide your side to the story.
In case you're indeed a squatter, you will be ordered to vacate the Worthing property right away by the court in West sussex.
Failure to do so might cause the property owner to involve the court bailiffs from West sussex to evict you.
You can receive some assistance meant for the homeless from the council because as a squatter in Steyning, Worthing, or Shoreham-By-Sea, you are classified as homeless.
To take help, you can apply to the local council in Worthing and request to help you as a homeless person.
The West sussex council may assist you finding somewhere you can live in Worthing if you aren't married and without a home.
Some areas in West sussex have professional services designed to offer emergency support to eradicate rough sleeping.
The council in Worthing may provide you with urgent housing service if you are in a priority need i.e. if you are pregnant, have children or vulnerable.
However, if immigration restrictions such as no recourse to public funds applies to you or you are an asylum seeker in Steyning, Shoreham-By-Sea, or Worthing, then the council does not need to provide any emergency shelter or long-term property.
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