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Harassment and eviction

What can I do if my landlord wants me to leave?

Most tenants are entitled to a written notice telling them to leave a property even if your landlord did not give you a written agreement to live there in the first place. The only exception to this is where you are sharing the living accommodation, for example a kitchen or bathroom with your landlord, in this case the landlord only has to verbally ask you to leave.

The amount of time given in the notice depends on the type of tenancy you have or the grounds on which your landlord is seeking possession. You are not required to leave until the notice runs out, and even then may not be evicted without the order of the court.

If your landlord makes you leave your home without following the proper legal process it is an illegal eviction, which is a serious criminal offence.

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What is an illegal eviction?

An illegal eviction takes place if your landlord or a person acting on his or her behalf, makes you leave your home without following the correct legal process. The procedure that he or she needs to follow will depend on the type tenancy agreement you have.

If your landlord illegally evicts you it is a serious criminal offence.

Some examples of illegal eviction are:

  • changing the locks while you are out
  • stopping you from using parts of your home
  • removing you from your home by force
  • moving into part of your home

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What can I do if I am threatened with illegal eviction?

If your landlord makes you leave your home without following the proper legal process it is an illegal eviction, which is a serious criminal offence.

If you are threatened with illegal eviction, you should:

  • contact the council’s private sector housing team immediately, who can advise you of your rights and investigate your complaint. You should seek advice before you leave the property
  • keep a record or diary accurately detailing incidents that have occurred, including dates and times
  • keep a record of the names and, where possible, addresses of anyone who has been involved, including witnesses or police officers
  • try and have someone present with you as a witness if you have to deal with your landlord
  • if you have been subjected to violence or threats of violence you should contact the police

If you need help outside of normal office hours or at the weekend, you should:

  • call the police
  • contact the council’s private sector housing team as soon as possible
  • if you need emergency accommodation you should contact the council’s out of hours call centre on (08457) 887700, who may be able to help

To contact the council's private sector housing team please call (01482) 396301, make an online service request (opens in new window) or alternatively send an email

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What is harassment?

Harassment can include anything done by a landlord, or by anyone working on his or her behalf, which prevents or interferes with a person living peacefully in their home. The law protects you against harassment as it is a serious criminal offence.

Harassment can take many different forms, for example:

  • constant visits from your landlord or landlord's agent, visits late at night or without prior warning
  • entering your home when you are not there or without your permission
  • threatening you or interfering with your post
  • allowing the property to get into such a bad state of repair that it is dangerous or uncomfortable to stay there
  • removing or restricting services such as hot water or heating or failing to pay bills so that services are disconnected
  • forcing you to sign agreements, which reduce your rights

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What can I do if I am being harassed by my landlord?

If you think that you are being harassed, you should:

  • keep a record or diary accurately detailing incidents that have occurred, including dates and times
  • keep a record of the names and, where possible, addresses of anyone who has been involved, including witnesses or police officers
  • try and have someone present with you as a witness if you have to deal with your landlord
  • contact the private sector housing team immediately, who can advise you of your rights and investigate your complaint
  • if you have been subjected to violence or threats of violence you should contact the police

To contact the council's private sector housing team please call (01482) 396301, make an online service request (opens in new window)or alternatively send an email

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