Illegal eviction by a landlord
This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Illegal eviction by a landlord, or someone acting on behalf of a landlord, can count as a serious criminal offence and result in prosecution and a criminal record.
For more information on dealing with harassment, see the section on harassment by a private landlord.
The rules on how and when your landlord can evict you depend on the type of tenancy you have. Use our eviction checker to check your tenancy.
An illegal eviction by a landlord is a criminal offence. Use our information to see what rules a landlord must follow and what counts as an illegal eviction.
It is possible to challenge an illegal eviction using a number of options, including assistance from your local councils’ tenancy relations service.