A Property Order says who can live in a specific house or flat and a Furniture Order says who can keep the furniture including appliances, like a TV.
A person who applies for a Protection Order can apply for a Property Order and Furniture Order at the same time.
There are two different kinds of Property Orders:
If the person who applied for the Protection Order wants to stay in the house or flat that they shared with the violent person, they can apply for an Ancillary Furniture Order to let them keep the furniture and appliances in the house or flat.
If they want to move out, they can apply for a Furniture Order to let them take all or some of the furniture and appliances to their new home.
It doesn't matter who owns the furniture.
If the violent person stays in the property when there is an Occupation Order or Tenancy Order, they can be arrested by the police and removed. They can also be charged with trespassing. If they're convicted of this crime, they could be sent to prison for up to 3 months.
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