The authorities in Wrexham can arrest or evict you if you're squatting.
This term squatting is used if someone enters and lives in a property in Wrexham without having permission from the owner or tenant.
Squatting is often the last option someone in Bangor on Dee/Bangor-is-y-coed, Wrexham/Wrecsam, or Rhosllanerchrugog has when they are homeless.
This option is a temporary measure if you are homeless as you will be evicted by the property owner in Wrexham and you may be arrested or fined.
You're not squatting if you stayed on in a property in Clwyd after your tenancy or licence ended.
It is a criminal offense to squat in a rental property in Wrexham.
It will result in an arrest and if found guilty you will be:
Go to jail in Wrexham for about 6 months
Charges up to £5,000
Reasons why you should not be arrested in Clwyd:
Staying on a property in Wrexham after your license or tenancy ended
You got deceived by a fraud rental agent and you actually thought you are a tenant in the property in Clwyd
Being a Traveller or Gypsy staying on an illegal site in Wrexham
They will evict you as a squatter in Wrexham easily if:
The Police in Clwyd decline arresting such a person
The owner of the property in Bangor on Dee/Bangor-is-y-coed, Rhosllanerchrugog, or Wrexham/Wrecsam finds no reason to report to the authority
You have occupied a commercial building in Wrexham
And the property owner in Wrexham may change the locks when you are not around.
If you live in the Wrexham property alone or with another settler and will not leave, the owner must get a court order in Clwyd to evict you.
Harassment and threats of violence are against the law.
The owner must post a copy of their claim form through the letterbox or attach it to the front door at least 5 days before the court hearing in Clwyd (or 2 days if you squat in a property that is commercial).
The details in the forms must include the time and place of the court hearing, as well as the defence form.
You can challenge the owner's case if you are not a squatter in Wrexham.
Do this by returning the defence form and attending the court hearing in Wrexham.
In case you're indeed a squatter, you will be ordered to vacate the Wrexham property right away by the court in Clwyd.
The owner must require the bailiffs from the court in Clwyd to evict you if you don't leave.
A squatter in Bangor on Dee/Bangor-is-y-coed, Wrexham/Wrecsam, or Rhosllanerchrugog is generally classified as homeless since they have no right to be staying where you live.
You should apply for assistance as a homeless person to your local council in Wrexham.
The Clwyd council must advise you to find a place to stay somewhere in Wrexham if you are homeless and also single.
Those who are priority can also get emergency housing from the council in Clwyd as opposed to sleeping rough.
If you at risk, for instance if you have young children, or are pregnant, the Wrexham council may make emergency housing provisions for you.
On the other hand, the Council may not help you with longer-term housing or emergency if you are an asylum seeker in Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham/Wrecsam, or Bangor on Dee/Bangor-is-y-coed 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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