Eviction if you have a private residential tenancy

If you have a private residential tenancy, you can only be evicted if your landlord follows the correct procedure.

Ending a private residential tenancy

A private residential tenancy can only be ended by one of three ways:

  • by a tenant giving notice and leaving or,

  • the tenant and landlord reach an agreement to end the tenancy, or

  • your landlord wants possession of the property and obtains an eviction order from the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber

To start the eviction process, your landlord must give you written notice called a notice to leave. This notice must state:

  • the day on which your landlord will be entitled to apply to the First-tier Tribunal for an eviction order, and

  • which ground is being used

If you agree to leave the property, the tenancy will come to an end at the end of the notice period.

What is a notice to leave?

A notice to leave is written document that you landlord must provide you with if they wish to remove you from the property.

The notice to leave will tell you the reason why the landlord wants to evict you. These reasons are known as 'grounds'. There are 18 grounds for eviction that your landlord can use and the notice to leave must state which grounds the landlord is using. This is important as the ground they use can impact your notice period.

Look up the grounds being used to check your notice period.

Your landlord must take steps to ensure that you receive the notice to leave as soon as possible. The notice period starts from the day you receive the notice; this is assumed to be 48 hours after the landlord has sent it. Your landlord will not be able to make an application to the tribunal until the day after the notice period expires.

See what a notice to leave looks like on the Scottish Government website.

Eviction order

If you have not moved out by the expiry of the notice period, the landlord will have to apply to the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber for an eviction order. It is up to the tribunal to decide whether to grant the eviction. You may be able to defend the action.

An application to the First-tier Tribunal for an eviction order must include a copy of the:

  • notice to leave given to the tenant, and

  • section 11 notice - this is a notice which your landlord must send to the local council notifying them of a possible eviction

The notice to leave is valid for six months, if no application for an eviction order is made, then a new notice to leave would need to be issued.

Once your landlord applies to the tribunal you will be sent notification of this along with a date of a hearing or case management discussion.

If you want to defend the eviction it is important that you either attend the hearing or arrange a solicitor to represent you. If you do not do this there is a risk the tribunal will automatically grant the eviction.

If you receive any notification from the tribunal and want advice on whether you can defend the action you can speak to an adviser or contact a solicitor.

If you need housing advice, contact us for free.

Wrongful termination of tenancy

If you believe that your landlord used misleading information to evict you, you can apply to the tribunal.

If your landlord:

  • served you a notice to leave using a false information, or

  • gave the tribunal false information to get an eviction order against you

then you may be able to get a wrongful termination order granted by the tribunal. You can then be awarded compensation at a maximum of six months rent.

How to apply

To apply to the tribunal, use application form G, using rule 110 - Application for Wrongful Termination. You can find supporting notes to help you fill out the form on the First Tier Tribunal’s website.

You will need to provide evidence to show that the landlord used false information to evict you. You will also need to show the tribunal a valid notice to leave from your landlord.

Notice to leave

You can still be granted a wrongful termination order when:

  • your landlord gave you written notice to leave with an eviction ground and

  • you subsequently gave your own notice to end the tenancy early

If you do not have a notice to leave from your landlord, then you may be unable to get a wrongful termination order from the tribunal.

Example of wrongful termination

The landlord served you with a notice to leave, and they ticked the box marked ground 4 - landlord intends to live in the property. This means they were evicting you so that they could move into the property once you moved out.

After you moved out, the landlord then re-let the property to new tenants. They did not move into the property themselves. The landlord misled you into leaving. You could then apply to the tribunal for a wrongful termination order.

Notice period if you want to leave

If you want to end the tenancy, then you will have to give the landlord 28 days notice in writing. The notice has to state the day on which the tenancy is to end, normally the day after notice period has expired.

You can still give notice after you have received a notice to leave. This might end the tenancy sooner, if this is more suitable for you.

You can agree a different notice period, after the start of the tenancy, with your landlord as long it is in writing.

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Last updated: 29 March 2022

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