What are eviction notices and what do they mean for private tenants? The first step of eviction is getting written notice from the landlord to leave the property.
EVICTION NOTICES UK LAW: The type of tenancy you have usually determines how much notice you get.
The reason you are getting evicted also affects the term of eviction notice. As a rule, a 'Section 21' eviction notice grants you 2 months to leave.
What happens if you fail to leave your home by the date given in an 'outright possession order'?
Your landlord can then ask the court for a 'warrant for possession' to get you evicted. A court eviction notice gives you a date when you must leave your home.
Note: Failing to leave means your landlord can use bailiffs to evict you from the property. These extra costs can get added to the money you owe.
UK law allows private tenants to ask a judge to suspend the warrant at a new court hearing. It is not an automatic process and the judge does not have to agree to suspend the warrant.
But, if he grants the suspension they will delay the eviction notice. That means you may get to stay in your home providing you can then make the payments.
There is a specific process to follow when applying for a suspension of a warrant. You must first fill out the form N244 application notice. Then you can send it by post, or hand deliver it, to the county court that is dealing with your case.
The next step is informing the court that you need a hearing at short notice (before your eviction date). Unless you qualify for financial help you will have to pay a court fee (around £50).
You can ask a judge at a new court hearing to change what you pay if your circumstances change. You must first fill out an application notice.
Then you can send it by post, or hand deliver it, to the county court that is dealing with your case. Unless you qualify for financial help you will have to pay the court fee.
You may have concerns about becoming homeless if you get an eviction notice from your landlord. You can contact your local council for advice about legal homelessness and emergency housing in the United Kingdom.
Housing and Local Services: Information on local government housing rules and regional services.
Housing Association Eviction: The eviction procedures of council or housing association tenants.
Landlord Harassment: Advice for dealing with harassment and illegal evictions by private landlords.
Eviction Process for Private Renting: What is the eviction process for private tenants in the UK?
Court Hearing for Tenant Eviction: How does a court possession hearing proceed in England?
Accelerated Possession Procedure: Find out what it is and how to get an accelerated possession order.
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