If you are a home owner or a tenant, you probably don’t have to leave your home unless a court has ordered you to. In most cases, there will be a legal process that lenders and landlords must follow before you can be evicted.
If the correct process is not followed, your landlord or lender may be guilty of carrying out an illegal eviction. If you think you have been evicted illegally or your lender/landlord is threatening to evict you without going through the court, get advice quickly.
The legal process varies according to why you are being asked to leave and what type of owner or tenant you are. Finding out about your housing status can be complicated and you may need to get advice about it. Even if your lender or landlord has started to try to evict you, it can take time to get to court. Once in court, you may be able to delay or stop the eviction. In many cases the court will not automatically make you leave your home.
You may feel you have to leave your home because of threats, abuse or intimidation. In some situations, there may be things you can do to solve the problems yourself. It may be possible to stay in your home if you take action against the person responsible. But you should never put yourself in danger. In an emergency, or if you believe that a criminal offence is about to be committed, you should call the police on 999.