Eviction of private tenants
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Before a private landlord or letting agency can evict you from your home, they have to follow special procedures. This section explains when you can be evicted and the steps that must be followed.
The rules regarding eviction are different depending on the type of tenancy you have. You can find out which kind of tenancy you have by using our online tenancy checker.
If you are unsure about the kind of tenancy you have, or you are worried about being evicted, you can get advice from a Shelter advice centre or Citizens Advice, your local council or other local advice centre. Use the Advice Services Directory to find agencies in your area.
If you rent privately and have an assured tenancy, you can only be evicted after the correct procedure. Check when landlords have the right to evict assured tenants and what they must do.
If you rent privately and have a short assured tenancy, you can only be evicted if using the correct procedure. Find out what your landlord needs to do if they want to evist you.
If you rent your house from a private landlord and you have been threatened with eviction because they have defaulted on their mortgage, this page outlines your rights.
If your landlord is trying to evict you, they must provide a reason or ground. This page lists the grounds that can be used by a private landlord to evict an assured, or short assured, tenant.
If you rent from a private landlord or letting agency and your tenancy started before 2 January 1989, you will probably have a regulated tenancy. This section looks at your rights against eviction.