What to say if your landlord pressures you to leave

These templates are for private renters.

You can use them to:

  • set out the legal eviction process

  • control when you leave if you're willing to move out after notice

Don't use these templates if you're a lodger who lives with your landlord.

The templates are part of our advice guide:

How to deal with harassment from landlords and agents

Pressure to leave before you're ready

Pressure to move out before your tenancy ends legally can count as harassment.

Your landlord must follow the legal process if they want you to leave.

If you're given any type of notice to leave, you should:

  • check if it's a legal notice

  • decide if you're willing to leave

Your tenancy only ends if you leave voluntarily or are evicted through the courts.

Most legal evictions are on hold until after 31 May 2021 due to coronavirus.

How to check if a notice is legal

Most private renters have assured shorthold tenancies. If you have this type of tenancy your landlord might give you a section 21 notice or section 8 notice or both.

Find out how to:

Most assured shorthold tenants are entitled to at least 6 months' notice at the moment because of coronavirus.

How to use the templates

You can use these templates to set out your rights and negotiate with your landlord.

Copy and paste the words into an email, text or instant message.

You can add more information and delete bits that don't apply to your situation.

Use this template if you're pressured to leave without notice

I am entitled to notice and a court order before I can be evicted. My tenancy continues until I leave voluntarily or court bailiffs evict me.

Pressuring me to leave my tenancy is harassment under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This is a criminal offence.

I ask that you follow the legal process if you want me to leave.

Use this template if you're given an invalid notice

The notice you have given me is not a legal notice.

If you want me to leave, you must give the right amount of notice on the correct form.

My tenancy continues until I leave voluntarily or a court orders me to leave.

I ask that you follow the legal process if you want me to leave.

Use this template if you're pressured to leave after a legal notice

Some landlords only start to pressure their tenants after they've given them a legal notice. For example, because they want to sell the property or move back in themselves.

You have given me notice to leave. I am looking at my options and getting advice. If I find somewhere else to live I will contact you to agree a move out date.

I will let you know if I'm able to leave by the date in the notice. My tenancy continues until I leave voluntarily or court bailiffs evict me.

Pressuring me to leave my tenancy is harassment under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This is a criminal offence.

Add the next bit if you'd consider leaving before the date on the notice:

If you want me to leave before the end of the notice period I would consider this but I will need time to find somewhere else.

It will help me find a new tenancy quicker if you could arrange for my deposit to be returned early.

Alternatively I would consider an earlier surrender of the tenancy if you could financially compensate for me the inconvenience.

I am happy to discuss this further by email.

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Last updated: 29 March 2021

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