Possession and eviction

Information on all aspects of possession proceedings, including grounds for possession, notice requirements, illegal eviction, and harassment.

This content applies to England
  • Possession proceedings process

    To evict a tenant the landlord must follow a three stage process which involves a notice, a court claim for a possession order, and an eviction warrant.

  • Notices in possession proceedings

    Legal requirements that must be satisfied for a notice to be valid when served in relation to ending a tenancy or licence.

  • Grounds for possession

    Information on grounds for possession for assured, secure and regulated tenancies.

  • Possession process for rented property

    Procedural rules applicable to repossession of rented properties and the specifics of certain tenancy types.

  • Possession orders

    Court powers to vary, postpone, suspend, set aside or discharge possession orders. The status of a tenancy after a possession order and appealing against it.

  • Eviction warrants and writs

    Procedure for eviction by county court bailiffs or High Court enforcement officers, and the actions tenants can take after eviction.

  • Mortgage possession proceedings

    Procedure for a mortgage lender repossessing a property because of mortgage arrears. The types of court order and what happens after it is granted.

  • Insolvency and possession proceedings

    How debt remedies including bankruptcy, breathing space and DROs affect possession proceedings and eviction.

  • Illegal eviction and harassment

    Occupiers who suffer from harassment and illegal eviction can take steps to protect themselves and rely on the civil and criminal remedies.

  • Eviction of excluded occupiers

    Excluded occupiers can be lawfully evicted without a court order once their tenancy or licence has been brought to an end.

  • Gypsies and Travellers protection from eviction

    Eviction rules depend on whether Gypsies and Travellers are staying on their own land without planning permission, private land or a council site.

  • Eviction of mobile home occupiers

    Rules for eviction of mobile home owners. 

  • Eviction of squatters

    Rights of squatters, eviction without a court order, and the procedure for acquiring ownership of the property through adverse possession.

  • Compulsory purchase orders

    Process for compulsory purchase orders by public authorities and how occupiers can claim compensation.