Illegal eviction by a landlord

Illegal eviction by a landlord, or someone acting on behalf of a landlord, is a 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.

Illegal eviction

Illegal eviction by a landlord is a criminal offence. If a landlord doesn't follow certain rules to evict you, it could count as an illegal eviction.

Challenging illegal eviction

It is possible to challenge an illegal eviction using a number of options, including assistance from your local councils’ tenancy relations service.