Your landlord should begin by giving you notice that s/he wants you to leave. This might be a notice to quit, a notice of seeking possession or a ‘section 21 notice’ – depending on the type of tenancy you have.
After your notice period has finished, if your landlord would like you to go, s/he has to start court action to get a possession order. If you don’t leave on the day the court says, your landlord must return to the court and ask for a bailiff’s warrant.
If your landlord does not use the correct legal procedure to evict you, they could be illegally evicting you. If at any point in this process, your landlord forces you to leave before the bailiffs arrive then you have been illegally evicted.
Certain occupiers are excluded, which means they can be evicted without a court order. This includes where they:
- live in the same building as their landlord and share living accommodation (including a bathroom, or kitchen)
- live in holiday accommodation
- don’t have any legal obligation to pay rent (and, if your home comes with your job, you don’t give your landlord/employer the equivalent money’s worth in unpaid work)
- live in a hostel or other temporary accommodation.
If you rent from a private landlord, have a look at our pages on Eviction by a private landlord which will help you understand the right steps your landlord should be taking to evict you.