This page is targeted at housing professionals. Our main site is at www.shelter.org.uk

Legal remedies

This content applies to England

This section looks at legal remedies for harassment and illegal eviction.

Occupier's legal remedies

If negotiations with the landlord to stop harassment or prevent eviction fail, occupiers could consider pursuing a remedy using the courts. 

Civil action

Harassed and/or illegally evicted occupiers can use the civil court (county court) to get an injunction to stop the harassment and/or to be reinstated in their home and to get damages as compensation for their landlord's actions. 

Criminal action

The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 makes harassment and illegal eviction criminal offences. Civil action will probably bring the speediest remedy for the occupier, but successful criminal proceedings can be a long-term deterrent for landlords. 

Back to top