Going to court for eviction

What happens if your landlord applies to the sheriff court for an order to evict you. Pages on summons from the court, what happens in court and decisions the court can make - what can delay or stop your eviction.

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  • The summons

    What to do if you get a summons. A summons is what you will be sent by a sheriff court if your landlord has asked for a court order for your eviction.

  • Getting help at court

    If your landlord goes to court to evict you, it's important that someone at the hearing speaks on your behalf. Check who can do this and find a representative.

  • The sheriff court

    The sheriff court hears cases about eviction, tenants who owe their landlord money and small claims. This page contains more information about what you can expect if you have to go to court.

  • Eviction court procedure

    What happens during an eviction hearing and what you can expect if you have to go to the sheriff court about a court order for eviction.

  • If decree is granted

    If there was no-one to represent you when a sheriff granted an eviction order, you may get your case heard again and the decision changed. Check your rights even if you were represented.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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