Unlawful eviction

If your landlord has evicted you, or is threatening to evict you without a lawful reason, it’s likely you are feeling stressed and aren’t quite sure what your options are. In the event that your landlord hasn’t followed a formal eviction procedure, or doesn’t have fair grounds on which to evict you, you should seek advice from a legal expert as soon as possible.

Our tenancy solicitors have years of experience in dealing with both lawful and unlawful evictions, and can provide you with balanced help and advice if you are a victim. We will deal with your case in a sensitive manner, helping to relieve the stress you may have during this difficult time.

We can advise you if you are facing eviction but have not yet left the property, and may be able to help you stay in your home if your case is strong enough; if you have already been evicted and want to make a claim for compensation or attempt to return to the property, we can also help you to understand the options open to you and your likelihood of success.

If you have been unlawfully evicted and need expert advice from our team of legal experts, call PDA Law today on 01244 373 373. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will be in touch.

Lawful and unlawful eviction

If you have experienced any of the following, it is likely that you have been illegally evicted:

  • Your landlord has not followed a formal procedure to evict you
  • You are threatened or harassed until you leave
  • You are physically taken out of the property
  • Your landlord prevents you from getting into your home

In order for your landlord to legally evict you, they must follow a formal eviction procedure, which is outlined below:

  • Your landlord gives you a written notice giving you two months to leave
  • If you do not leave, your landlord must obtain a court order asking you to leave
  • If you still haven’t left, a bailiff can physically evict you from the property

At any given point, your landlord does not have the power to physically remove you from the property without a bailiff present. If you owe rent, the procedure to evict you is slightly different, and you have more legal rights if you have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, regardless of whether it specifies an end date or not.

Reasons for eviction

It is only in special circumstances that your landlord is allowed to legally evict you, and even then, they must obtain a court order. Reasons a landlord may legally evict you include:

  • Rent that is overdue for a significant amount of time
  • You have caused damage to the property
  • You are being a nuisance to your neighbours
  • The building needs extensive work or is being demolished
  • Your landlord wants to move you to another property

If you are unsure as to whether your eviction is legal, speak to our expert team of solicitors who will give you tailored advice. We work with both landlords and tenants on tenancy disputes and breaches of tenancy agreements, so we are able to give balanced and fair advice that considers how the opposing party might view the case.

How PDA Law help

If you suspect you have been unlawfully evicted, or have been asked to leave the property under illegal circumstances, you need help from an experienced legal team. PDA Law’s Landlords & Tenants team can advise on issues ranging from unlawful eviction to tenancy agreement disputes and deposit schemes.

Our solicitors will:

  • Provide you with help and advice regarding your rights as a tenant
  • Communicate with your landlord on your behalf
  • Represent you in court
  • Give you frequent updates on your case

We are here to make the experience as smooth and stress free as possible, whilst working towards a fair result. We are always on your side as our client, but we will also make sure our advice is realistic, so that you know how strong your case is if you have to go to court.

Make an unfair eviction claim

In eviction cases, it is important to make a claim of unfair eviction as soon as possible, especially if you want your case to be heard before you are removed from the property.

We can help you to understand your rights – for example, whether or not your landlord can forcibly evict you from the property, or whether you are entitled to a specific notice period before they change the locks and remove your possessions.

To speak to our friendly team about your circumstances and receive expert advice, call PDA Law today on 01244 373 373 or arrange a callback by completing our online contact form.