Rent arrears

Rent arrears could mean you are at risk of losing your home. If you have rent arrears or are struggling to pay your rent you need to take action. Don't ignore the problem or you could be evicted.

The rules on eviction depend on the type of tenancy you have â€“ use Shelter's tenancy checker to check what type of tenancy you have, and if you need help, use our directory to find a local advice centre.

 

Eviction for rent arrears

If your landlord takes steps to evict you for rent arrears, act fast. It may still be possible to keep your home. We explain what you can do.

Rent arrears in social housing

Your landlord can take steps to evict you for rent arrears if you don't pay the rent for your council, housing association or housing co-op home.

Checking the amount of rent arrears

Checking the amount of rent arrears you owe to your landlord is important, as you may disagree with the amount of rent arrears your landlord says are owed.

Rent arrears due to a housing benefit claim

Delays in paying your housing benefit can get you in rent arrears. Make sure you give the council all the information it needs to process your claim

Negotiating over rent arrears

See why it's worth talking to your landlord and negotiating if you have rent arrears. You may be able to come to an arrangement and avoid court action.

Reducing rent arrears

Reducing rent arrears is important as you could be evicted if you fall behind with your rent. Get practical tips on paying off your rent arrears.