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If you're being evicted because you asked for repairs

This advice applies to England

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This advice will usually apply to you if all the following are true:

  • you have a private landlord
  • you don’t live with your landlord
  • you started renting on or after 15 January 1989

In most cases this means you’ll have an ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ or ‘assured tenancy’.

This advice applies to people with one of these tenancies. It’s worth checking your tenancy agreement to make sure.

If you’re not sure, or you have a different kind of agreement with a private landlord, check your tenancy type if you rent from a private landlord.

Your landlord has to keep your home in a good condition and do repairs if you need them.

They can’t make you leave your home just for asking for repairs to be done - your landlord has to follow a proper eviction process if they want you to leave.

If your landlord tries to evict you because you asked for repairs this is known as ‘retaliatory eviction’. You might be able to challenge a retaliatory eviction.

If your landlord tries to evict you for asking for repairs or you’re worried about asking for repairs, talk to an adviser.

If you have a disability

If your landlord hasn’t made changes you need it could be discrimination. You might be able to challenge your eviction - check what changes your landlord has to make.

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