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Eviction

The Scottish Government brought in new rules which extend the notice period needed before a landlord can apply for an eviction order.

This is not a ban on evictions. It just increases the length of time between your landlord formally letting you know they are going to take action, and the case being heard at the court or tribunal.

If you get any notices from your landlord you should seek advice as soon as you can. Even if your landlord has sent you notice, there might still be ways to prevent eviction. Speak to an adviser if you need help.

These new rules apply to cases where the notice was served on or after 7 April 2020 will be in place until at least 31 March 2021.

The change in the length of notice depends on the type of tenancy and what ground is used. For more details see the main section for your tenancy. 

If you are not sure what type of tenancy you have use our tenancy checker.

Any cases that had already been raised before 7 April 2020 are assessed by the original rules.

Illegal eviction

Your landlord has to follow the correct process to evict you from your home. Illegal eviction is a criminal offence - coronavirus doesn't change this.

Illegal eviction is when you are forced to leave your home by someone who does not have the legal right to do this.

You might be illegally evicted if:

  • your landlord changes the locks
  • your landlord stops you from getting into your home
  • your landlord makes life so uncomfortable for you that you are forced to leave your home, for example by cutting off water, gas or electricity supplies or by continually turning up at your home late at night
  • you are physically removed from the property by a person who is not a sheriff officer.

What if I live with my landlord? 

If you live with your landlord, then they won't need to get a court order before they can evict you. However, your landlord should give you proper and reasonable notice that they want you to leave.

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