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If you're being evicted because you asked for repairs

This advice applies to England

From 1 October 2018 the rules about section 21 notices have changed. We’re working to update our content. The main changes are:

  • your section 21 notice will only be valid for 6 months

  • your landlord has to give you 2 months’ notice before you have to leave your home

  • the notice no longer has to end on the last day of a period of the tenancy

  • you might be able to challenge a retaliatory eviction, whenever your tenancy started

Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if:

  • your tenancy began before 1 October 2015 and you received a section 21 notice before 1 October 2018 that hasn’t been enforced yet

  • your tenancy started before 1 October 2015 and your landlord didn't use form 6a

  • your landlord gave you your notice after you complained or asked for repairs

  • you're not sure if your section 21 notice is valid

You can get specialist help from the Expert Advice Team or contact the NHAS on 0300 330 0517.   

Landlords are still required to provide a gas safety certificate, energy performance certificate and ‘How to rent’ guide to all tenants whose tenancies started after 1 October 2015.

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’.

If you have an assured shorthold tenancy it’s easier for your landlord to evict you. But if your tenancy started after 1 October 2015 you might be able to challenge a retaliatory eviction.

You can use Shelter's tenancy checker tool to find out what type of tenancy you have if you're not sure.

Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if your landlord tries to evict you for asking for repairs or you’re worried about asking for repairs.

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