If you want to ask the court to delay the date you have to leave the property, you will need to complete form N244, which you can download here. You should send the form to the county court where the hearing will be/has been held – their contact details should be on any notices you’ve received.
You should try to provide any relevant documents and information that will help the court to understand your situation, including:
- a copy of your tenancy agreement (if you have one)
- any proof that you have of rent payments (e.g. a rent book or details of payments)
For some households, it may be particularly difficult to find somewhere else suitable – e.g. if you need wheelchair access or a large property. If you are in this situation, you should explain your circumstances and confirm any steps you have already taken to find somewhere (e.g. signing up with letting agencies or applying as homeless to your local council).
The court will also consider:
- your personal circumstances (e.g. if anyone in your household is vulnerable and/or if the type of accommodation you need is difficult to find quickly)
- whether you have broken any of the terms and conditions of your tenancy (e.g. if you have rent arrears, have behaved anti-socially or have caused damage to the property)
- whether the lender will suffer hardship as a result of delaying the eviction.
The court may decide to delay the eviction but impose conditions. For example, you may have to pay rent directly to the lender as a condition of delaying the repossession. This does not mean that your tenancy becomes binding on the lender.