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 should have received at least 3 months’ notice before their landlord can apply to court for possession of the property if the notice was received between the 26 March 2020 and 28th August 2020.
- From the 29th August 2020, notices should be at least 6 months, unless you have a high level or rent arrears or some other serious issues, such as anti-social behaviour.
If you got a notice to leave , 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.
- From the 21st September 2020, the court are re-open. This means that landlords can start to apply for possession of your home via the courts again once any notice period has run out. If they had already applied to court to get possession of your home before the courts were closed, landlords can restart those possession proceedings, but they will need to let you know about this by sending you a notice first.
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.