If you’ve got arrears on your rent you need to come to an arrangement to pay these back.
This will involve paying your monthly rent payment and something towards the arrears each month. If you don’t, your landlord may try to evict you.
Depending on who you rent your home from, there are different rules on how and when a landlord can evict you.
If you rent from a social landlord, such as a housing association or local authority, they have to apply for a court order to evict you. If this happens you'll normally be asked to attend a court hearing so you can put your case forward to the judge.
If you rent from a private landlord they will still need to get a court order to evict you. If the reason used in the court order is classed as a 'mandatory ground' then the court will have no choice but to grant the eviction.
The terms of your agreement state your rights and also your landlords' rights if you do not keep to the terms of the agreement. If you’re not sure what the terms are, ask your landlord or check your copy of the agreement.
Help and advice
The eviction process differs depending on who you rent your home from, what type of tenancy agreement you’ve got and where you live within the UK. We can give expert advice on what to do if you’ve been threatened with eviction, this will be tailored to your individual situation, all you need to do is call our free Helpline or use or online Debt Remedy tool.
If you’ve been evicted from your home and are struggling to find alternative accommodation please contact Shelter, the national homelessness charity. They will be able to give you practical steps on what you need to do next.