Eviction for antisocial or criminal behaviour

Council or housing association landlords may try to evict tenants for criminal or antisocial behaviour. 

Get advice about eviction for antisocial behaviour

Get advice immediately if you have been threatened with eviction because of antisocial behaviour. If you do nothing and the behaviour continues, you could end up homeless.

If you are evicted because of antisocial behaviour, you may find it difficult to be re-housed as homeless as the council may decide you made yourself intentionally homeless. You could also be excluded from council waiting lists because of unacceptable behaviour.

Use Shelter's directory to find an adviser in your area.

Alternatively, contact Civil Legal Advice. You may be able to get help from their legal advisers if you qualify for Legal Help funding. Be prepared to answer questions about your income and savings so the helpline adviser can tell you if you qualify.

Eviction for antisocial behaviour

A council or housing association landlord can ask a court to evict you if you, someone in your household or a visitor has been involved in antisocial behaviour. 

Antisocial behaviour includes:

  • causing a nuisance to your neighbours
  • harassing your landlord, their staff or contractors
  • using your home for illegal purposes, such as drug dealing
  • being convicted of a serious offence
  • committing an offence during a riot
  • breaching a criminal behaviour order

Tenants are usually held responsible for the conduct of children and adults who live with them or visit them.

You can be evicted for antisocial behaviour that takes place not just in your home but in your neighbourhood.

You can also be evicted if you commit an offence during a riot anywhere in the UK.

Rules for eviction for antisocial behaviour

The council or housing association has to follow certain rules to evict you. It should only use eviction as a last resort.

The court looks at whether it is reasonable to evict you even if you have been involved in antisocial behaviour. The court could then decide to suspend or postpone an order to possess your home on condition, for example, that you do not re-offend.

Where the antisocial behaviour has already been proved in another court, for example you have breached a criminal behaviour order, the court may have no choice but to evict you.

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You can also be evicted from a temporary tenancy that was granted when you made a homelessness application.

Alternatives to eviction

Rather than trying to evict you, council and housing association landlords may take other steps first. 

These include applying for a criminal behaviour order or asking the court to demote your tenancy. Your tenancy could be demoted for a year or longer.

While your tenancy is demoted, your landlord could evict you very easily if the antisocial behaviour continues.

Read more about demoted council tenancies and demoted housing association tenancies.

If you are going to be evicted, the council could offer you a family intervention tenancy, as a way of giving you a new home and support to stay in it and try to change your behaviour.

Get advice if you are offered a family intervention tenancy. Call Shelter's helpline or use Shelter's directory to find local advice services.

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