What eviction means, some of the commons reasons for eviction and what to do if you receive an eviction notice.
For us, eviction is always a last resort.
In social housing, you can usually only be evicted from your home if your landlord can provide a legal reason to evict you - this is known as grounds for possession.
In the first stage of an eviction process you’d be served with a legal document called a notice seeking possession.
What are the reasons for eviction?
A notice seeking possession or notice of proceedings will always give the reason why someone is being evicted. Some of the most common reasons include:
The type of tenancy you have, or if you’ve inherited a housing association tenancy, can also make it easier for you to be evicted in some circumstances.
Remember the legal reasons and process for eviction can differ depending on where you live; find out more about eviction in England.
What should I do if I receive a notice?
Please don’t panic or ignore the notice. It may still be possible to stop or delay the eviction process. One of the best things you can do is talk to us - the notice will include contact details for your housing manager or our customer service centre, and if you get in touch with us we can try to come to an agreement with you to stop things going any further.
Visit our get in touch page or join Live Chat to talk it through.
Will I have to go to court?
If we’ve been unable to sort things out with you, we’ll have to go to court to progress the possession process. Court proceedings can be issued anytime within the 12 months after you’ve been served with a notice.
In court, a judge will decide whether you can keep your home. They will take a number of factors into account. Remember you have the right to defend yourself against the eviction in court - you may be entitled to free legal advice which could help and we’ll always provide you with the details of independent sources of advice.
Talk to us
If you’re worried that you could be at risk of eviction, please contact us. For us, eviction is always a last resort and we want to help.