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What to do if you are worried about being evicted and if you are being threatened with eviction.

First published:
15 May 2020
Last updated:

Your landlord must give you notice before they can evict you from your home.

You should contact your landlord immediately if you are in rent arrears or are not able to pay your rent.

Threatened with eviction

Your landlord could evict you for reasons such as not paying your rent. This is called ‘seeking possession’. If they are going to evict you, they will first give you a ‘Notice of Seeking Possession’.

Can I be evicted from my home?

You can be evicted from your home on a no fault basis, but only once six months’ notice has been given by the landlord (shorter notice periods apply in relation to antisocial behaviour). If you do not leave after this notice period, the landlord will need to seek a possession order from the court. Please see the guidance on paying your rent during the coronavirus pandemic for further information.

Changes to the law around eviction notice periods

In most circumstances, landlords must give you more notice than usual before they can apply to court to evict you from your home. This means you will have more time to either resolve any issues (such as pay off rent arrears), or find and move into a suitable new home.

Notices issued after 28 September 2020

You have 6 months before your landlord can start court proceedings to evict you unless your notice relates to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence. If your notice is related to anti-social behaviour or domestic violence, it will be for the amount of time set in law before the pandemic. In the most extreme cases landlords can apply to a court the same day as the notice is issued.

Notices issued on or after 24 July 2020 but before 29 September 2020

You have 6 months before your landlord can start court proceedings to evict you, unless your notice relates to anti-social behaviour in which case you will have 3 months.

Notices issued between 27 March and 23 July 2020

For all cases (including as anti-social behaviour), you have 3 months before your landlord can start court proceedings to evict you.

After you get an eviction notice

After the notice period has come to an end your landlord has to apply for a court order to evict you. Your landlord cannot evict you without a court order.

If you get a notice you are unhappy with, you should get advice from your local authority housing department, Shelter Cymru, Citizens Advice.

What if I do not have a home, or I am in unsuitable accommodation?

Your local authority should help find you suitable emergency accommodation and support if you do not have a home or are in unsuitable accommodation they have funding to support this.

If you are in need of support then you should contact the housing options team in your local area, their contact details will be located on your local authority’s website.

The Welsh Government also funds Shelter Cymru to provide independent housing advice and support. Further information, advice and support can be found on the Shelter Cymru website.