Moving out during repairs

You may need to move out of your private rented home temporarily or permanently if it needs major repairs or building work.

Right to stay during repair work

You have the right to stay in your private rented home while most repairs are being carried out.

Your landlord should:

  • tell you how long work should take
  • agree with you when and where work takes place
  • try to keep disruption to a minimum

You can only be made to move out if there is no other way the repairs can be done. Your landlord needs to apply for a court order if you don't agree to move out temporarily.

Alternative accommodation

Most private landlords don’t have to provide alternative accommodation during repair or building work, even if parts of your home can’t be used.

Your landlord is only required to arrange accommodation for you if it’s written in your tenancy agreement.

Ask the council for homelessness help if you are made to move out during repairs

Rent and other costs

You can ask your landlord for a rent reduction if can't use part or all of your home during repair or building work.

You can also ask them to make a contribution to your bills if their workers have to use your gas or electricity.

You don’t have the right to stop paying rent during repairs in your home. Your landlord can take steps to evict you if do.

Moving out temporarily during repairs

If your landlord asks you to move out for a short time, make sure you have somewhere to stay before you agree to it.

You should also ask your landlord to confirm in writing:

  • how long you will have to move out for
  • how much rent you need to pay, if any
  • your right to return after the work is complete
  • any compensation or costs (such as moving costs, storage or for a hotel) they are willing to pay

If your landlord asks you to leave

Your private landlord may try to end your tenancy if they want to do major repair or building work in your home.

Your landlord must follow the correct eviction process and give you notice. How much notice you get depends on the type of tenancy you have.

Your landlord can’t force you to leave your home. The eviction may be illegal if they do.

If you want to move somewhere else

You might decide it's best to find somewhere else if repairs or building work make your home unsuitable to live in.

You need to end your tenancy properly if you plan to leave. You could be liable for rent if you don’t.

The process for ending a tenancy is different depending on if you have:


Last updated 05 Aug 2019 | © Shelter

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