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    N5 form question

    Hello,

    I am trying to evict a squatter from a house I have recently inherited, and have been told to submit the N5 and N121 forms to the court. I have one question I haven't been able to find an answer to anywhere else.

    I know that I have to submit more than one copy of the form, and my understanding (which may be wrong) is that one copy will be sent to the squatter. My concern is that the form asks for my address. The squatter has previously been violent towards me and I absolutely do not want him knowing my home address, as I believe this would put my physical safety in danger.

    Can anyone confirm if sending in the N5 form will mean the squatter gets access to my home address? If so, is there any way to avoid this?

    Thank you for reading, and for any help you can give.

    #2
    I'd put 'see attached letter' on the form itself, and send a covering letter to the court with your address and a short explanation.

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      #3
      He would for £3 get deeds of property from land Registry so...
      ........
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        How long has this person been living there? How do you know they are a squatter and not a tenant?



        Freedom at the point of zero............

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          #5
          Thanks JK0, I'll try doing that and see what happens.

          Theartfullodger, I rent the flat I live in so land registry does not come into it? Unless I'm misunderstanding you?

          Interlaken he is definitely a squatter. The house belongs to my mother who died two months ago and the squatter is her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she died she was in the middle of eviction proceedings against him because he refused to leave after their relationship ended.

          Thank you for all the advice.

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            #6
            Originally posted by rapunzel View Post
            Theartfullodger, I rent the flat I live in so land registry does not come into it? Unless I'm misunderstanding you?
            If the property is registered to you, then the land registry has your address, which is a matter of public record for a small fee.
            I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

            I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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              #7
              Originally posted by rapunzel View Post
              Interlaken he is definitely a squatter. The house belongs to my mother who died two months ago and the squatter is her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she died she was in the middle of eviction proceedings against him because he refused to leave after their relationship ended.
              That sounds like he may be a trespasser rather than a squatter.
              I believe that a squatter
              a) is someone who entered without permission, and
              b) can be removed by the police from domestic property.

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                #8
                From https://www.gov.uk/squatting-law:

                Anyone who originally enters a property with the permission of the landlord is not a squatter.
                So probably not a squatter (depending on the exact circumstances of how he got there).

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                  #9
                  The remaining occupant isn't a squatter (as they have had permission at some point to enter).
                  They are probably a trespasser - if the permission to stay there has ended or been rescinded.

                  It is difficult to make a legal claim without divulging who you are and where you live - justice is meant to be open and transparent.
                  I would talk to a solicitor about the issue, it might be possible to use their address.


                  When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                  Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                    #10
                    Thank you.

                    I am not looking for advice on how to get this man out of the house because a solicitor is handling that, I am only asking how to keep him from finding out where I live, so that he doesn't turn up on my doorstep and beat me unconscious again.

                    This man knows exactly who I am, knows that I'm working to get him out of the house, and knows the address of the house that I own, so there is 100% transparency. It's only my own personal home address I want to keep private, because of the risk to my physical safety. I had to move out of my uni's halls of residence last year to stop him stalking me so there is a legitimate risk.

                    I've emailed the land registry to ask how to protect my safety and redact my home address from public record until I'm able to sell the house.

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                      #11
                      You have a solicitor. Ask your solicitor! The answer may well be that you would have to apply to the court to dispense with the requirement of supplying the address. In which case, you have a solicitor, who can make that application on your behalf!
                      I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

                      I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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                        #12
                        I don't have any way to contact the solicitor directly because the executor is handling all that.

                        No one will speak to me or let me have direct involvement, because they think I'm a little kid. When I try to ask or say I have concerns I get fobbed off and told to let the grown ups handle it. It's almost impossible to even get anyone to speak to me and when I do they just say "don't worry about it we're handling it."

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                          #13
                          Are you a kid, or are you a (young) adult dealing with older relatives?

                          Are you the legal owner yet? If not, then it's none of your business, and indeed let executor sort it out. They'll be the one making the application to the court, not you.
                          I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

                          I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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                            #14
                            I'm 18, will be 19 in a few weeks. I am the legal owner of the house. There are no other relatives. The executor is a probate solicitor but also an old family friend.

                            I've been given the completed paperwork (the N5 form) to sign and it has my name and address on it.

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