Eviction if you have a short Scottish secure tenancy

This page explains more about the eviction process if you have a short Scottish secure tenancy.

If you are not sure whether you are a short Scottish secure tenant, our page about short Scottish secure tenancies may be helpful.

When can I be evicted?

You can only be evicted after your landlord has got a court order from the sheriff court stating that you have to leave.

During your tenancy

If your landlord wants to evict you before the end of your fixed term, they must have a reason, or ground for eviction.

The process for eviction during your tenancy is the same for a short Scottish secure tenancy as it is for a Scottish secure tenancy. See our page on the eviction process for more information.

At the end of your tenancy

If your landlord wants to evict you at the end of the fixed length of your tenancy, they must tell you at least two months in advance. You must be given an official document called a notice of recovery of possession.

The notice must tell you the first date that your landlord can ask for a court date, which should be at least two months away.

If you need help speak to an adviser or contact a solicitor.


If your landlord thinks that you have left the property and do not intend to return, they do not have to follow the eviction proceedings. They can use abandonment proceedings to take the property back instead.

I have received a notice of recovery of possession

If you think that you are going to be evicted you can:

  • speak to an adviser about your rights

  • go to the finding accommodation section to explore your housing options

  • if you have nowhere to stay, the homelessness section has more information on what you can do

If you need housing advice, contact us for free.

Last updated: 29 March 2022

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