Eviction of private tenants

The eviction of private tenants usually has to follow special legal procedures. A landlord sometimes needs a particular reason to evict a private tenant, but in many cases they don't.

If your landlord has told you to leave, use our eviction checker to find out what process the law requires the landlord to follow. 

You should also contact an adviser to see if there's anything you can do to keep your home. Call our advice helpline or use our directory to find an advice centre in your area.

Alternatively, call Civil Legal Advice on 0845 345 4345.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.

Steps involved in evicting private tenants

There are steps involved in evicting private tenants. Use our information to see what steps a landlord has to follow when evicting private tenants.

Notice from the landlord

Being given notice by your landlord is the start of eviction proceedings. Most tenants are entitled to be given written notice, but not all.

Eviction of assured shorthold tenants

Assured shorthold tenants can be evicted quite easily, but landlords must follow the correct rules and procedures.

Eviction of assured tenants

Eviction of assured tenants has to be for certain reasons. Use our information to see when landlords can evict assured tenants and the procedures involved.

Eviction of regulated tenants

The eviction of a regulated tenant should be challenged, as regulated tenancies are valuable and have more rights attached than other private tenancies.

Eviction of occupiers with basic protection

Occupiers with basic protection have limited rights when it comes to eviction, but procedures must be followed. Find out how and when landlords can evict.

Eviction of excluded occupiers

If you live with your landlord you may be an excluded occupier. A landlord can evict you without the need to go to court, but you do have certain rights.