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Eviction is a legal process that can take a few months.

You will always get notice and sometimes you can stop an eviction.

Use our notice checker to check your landlord has given you enough notice.

Notice to leave from a private landlord

Most private renters have assured shorthold tenancies.

Your landlord must give you a section 21 notice or a section 8 notice as a first step to eviction with this type of tenancy.

Section 21 eviction guide

Eviction after a section 8 notice

Eviction of assured shorthold tenants

Eviction of lodgers if you live with your landlord

Facing harassment or illegal eviction?

Most private renters can't be evicted legally without a court order.

How to deal with harassment from landlords or agents

How to deal with illegal eviction

How to get help from your council

What to expect from the police

Eviction by a council or housing association

Your landlord should only evict you as a last resort. Take steps to keep your home.

Eviction of council and housing association tenants

Council and housing association tenants: eviction for rent arrears

Rent arrears and eviction

Let your landlord know you're taking steps to get advice and deal with your situation.

How to deal with rent arrears

Eviction for rent arrears

Missed mortgage payments and repossession

Home repossession process

What to do if your lender starts court action

Only court bailiffs can carry out an eviction

Bailiffs must give 2 weeks' notice of an eviction date.

How to stop eviction by bailiffs

Free legal help and advice

Free legal help at a possession hearing

Free legal advice if you're facing eviction

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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