What to do if you are worried about being evicted and if you are being threatened with eviction.
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’.
Changes to the law around eviction notice periods
Landlords must give you more notice than usual before they can 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.
From 29 September 2020 to 31 March 2021, landlords must give you 6 months notice before they can evict you from your home.
Notices issued on or after 24 July 2020
You have 6 months before your landlord can evict you (unless related to anti-social behaviour). If your notice is related to anti-social behaviour you will have 3 months.
Notices issued between 27 March and 23 July 2020
For all cases (such as anti-social behaviour), you have 3 months before your landlord can 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.
Eviction proceedings that have already started
If you were served a Notice of Seeking Possession between 27 March and 23 July 2020, you have 3 months before your landlord can evict you.