Eviction by a private landlord
Private landlords must follow legal procedures to evict contract-holders. They sometimes need a legal reason (known as a ‘ground’) to evict you but in many cases they don’t.
If moved into your before 1 December 2022 the information on this page doesn’t apply to you. Please see our advice about converted occupation contracts and eviction.
The rules on eviction are different depending on what type of renting agreement you have. Most people renting from a private landlord have a periodic standard contract or a fixed term standard contract, but there are some exceptions to this. Find out more in Renting from a private landlord.
In some situations, there are different rules about how a fixed term standard contract can be ended even if you moved in on or after 1 December 2022. For example, if you have a fixed term standard contract and live in your home as part of your job, your landlord may only have to give 2 months’ notice. You can find out more about these exceptions here.
If you receive a notice or your landlord has started court action you should get help immediately from an adviser. You might be able to stop or delay the eviction. Even if the bailiffs are on the way, it’s never too late to get help.
Are you under 25?
If you are under 25, and worried about being evicted, take a look at our Eviction advice page, specifically put together for young people.