The most common ground for eviction is non-payment of rent
however eviction is also possible for breaching other aspects
of the Tenancy
Agreement such as nuisance and anti-social
Before you can be evicted from your home you must be served
with a Notice of Intent to Seek Possession (NSP) this is usually
served by hand by the Rent or Estate Officer for your area.
It is very important that you do not ignore this notice but get in
touch with the officer dealing with you case to discuss a way
forward to avoid eviction from your home.
Unfortunately if you ignore the (NSP), fail to pay your rent or
continue to cause a nuisance St Leger Homes can then apply to the
courts to gain possession of your home. Tenants facing a
Possession Order should seek legal advice from a
solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) which
provides free advice.
There is no guarantee that the Courts will not evict households
with children. The Council or other social landlords generally
have no obligation to re-house those who are evicted for non
payment of rent or anti-social behaviour.
What happens when I am evicted?
Before you are evicted the bailiff will deliver to your home a
paper which states the date and time the eviction will be
carried out, on this date you must vacate your property and remove
all your possessions from it. It is your responsibly to find
alternative accommodation for yourself and your family.
On the date of the eviction the court bailiff, Estate or Rent
Officer and joiner will come to your home at the designated time
and carry out an inventory of any remaining items in the
property and change the locks.
Can I stop the eviction?
The earlier you take action or get advice the better. It
is more difficult to make agreements at a late stage. You may
apply to the court for the Warrant of Possession (eviction) to be
suspended this can be done by either approaching the court directly
and filling in the necessary form or contacting a solicitor or the
CAB who can do this on your behalf. The court will then
reconsider your case and you will have chance to present further
evidence to support your case, but remember the court may still not
agree to alter its previous decision.
Remember if you are having difficulties paying your
- speak to your Rent Officer as soon as possible to agree a
payment plan see our Contact List for
details of the officer in your area
- get advice, for example from the Citizens' Advice Bureau
- continue to make regular payments to your rent account even if
you cannot afford to pay the full amount of rent each week
- fill in a
Housing Benefit form to see if you can get help towards paying
Citizen's Advice Bureau
The Guildhall Advice Centre
Old Guildhall Yard
Telephone: 01302 735225
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