It’s illegal for your landlord to evict you without following the proper steps. Most of the time, a landlord cannot make you leave your home without a notice or a court order and cannot lock you out of your home.
The rules that landlords have to follow to get you to leave your home have changed because of Coronavirus.
- Most tenants will now get 3 months’ notice before their landlord can apply to court for possession of the property. This applies if you get notice on or after 26 March 2020.
If you got a notice to leave before the 26th March, you should stay in your home. You don’t have to leave at the end of your notice. It is your legal right to stay until your landlord gets a court order and a bailiffs warrant. They can’t do this at the moment because court action for eviction is on hold.
- All court proceedings for eviction are on hold until at least 23 August 2020, regardless of when your landlord applied to court. This means most tenants can’t be evicted before the end of August at the earliest. You should stay in your home if your landlord gives you notice or asks you to leave.
If you are a private renting tenant in Rochdale or Bolton and you are worried about being asked to leave, contact us or your local homelessness department.