Get help if you're being evicted
If you’re about to be evicted from your home, you might be able to get help from your local council.
You can only be evicted if your landlord has followed the proper steps.
- Give you a valid eviction notice
- Get a possession order from court if you haven’t left by the date on the notice
- Apply to the court for a warrant of possession if you haven’t left by the date on the possession order
If the court issues a warrant of possession, bailiffs can make you leave your home. They’ll give you 14 days’ notice to move out.
If your landlord hasn’t gone to court yet, it’s worth checking your notice first to make sure it’s valid.
If your notice isn't valid, you might be able to challenge the eviction and stay in your home.
If your notice is on a form with 'RHW' at the top you can check what to do if you get an RHW form.
If you got a notice before 1 December 2022, it should be either a ‘section 21’ or ‘section 8’ notice. It’s worth checking your section 21 notice or checking your section 8 notice first to make sure it’s valid.
Check if you're being discriminated against
You might be able to challenge your eviction if your landlord has discriminated against you, for example if they're evicting you:
- because of who you are
- in a way that’s more difficult for you compared with other people
- for a reason that's connected to your disability
- because you complained about discrimination before
If any of these apply to you, you should check if your housing problem is discrimination.
Check if you can get extra money to find somewhere to live
You might be able to get extra money if you need help finding somewhere to live.
Check if you can get:
- Housing Benefit or Universal Credit - read more information on who can apply
- a loan to help pay for a deposit or help from a local welfare scheme - you’ll need to ask your local council
- a discretionary housing payment (DHP) - you can ask your local council for a DHP claim form
You can find your local council on GOV.UK.
Make sure you get your deposit back
Don’t forget to get your rent deposit back from your landlord after you move out. Find out more about getting your deposit back.