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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Eviction

This video explains the process a landlord must follow if they want to evict a private tenant during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Your landlord can only end your tenancy by following the correct process. Secure Housing Executive and housing association tenants can only be evicted if a court believes that they have broken the tenancy agreements. It's easier for a landlord to evict an introductory tenant, but the landlord still has to get a court order. Think carefully and get advice before you take any action to end your tenancy. It can be difficult to get a new social tenancy if you've given one up.

You could lose your home if you don’t pay your rent. Your landlord, whether it’s the Housing Executive or a housing association will have to follow the proper procedure before this happens. Part of this procedure is to work with you to try to sort out the problem.

Housing associations and the Housing Executive can end a tenancy without going to court if they suspect that a property has been abandoned, but the correct procedure has to be followed. If you're worried about eviction you should speak to someone urgently. Advisers at Housing Rights may be able to help you stay in your home.

Housing Executive and housing association tenants should only be evicted as a last resort. Your landlord should work with you to try and resolve any problems and should only decide to go to court to evict you if all other attempts to sort out the problem have failed.

There are a few different things that can happen if you have to go to court for a possession hearing.

If you haven’t been a Housing Executive (NIHE) or housing association tenant for the last year, you’ll probably be an introductory tenant. After 12 months you’ll become a secure tenant and it will be more difficult to evict you.

This video explains the process a landlord must follow if they want to evict a private tenant during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Housing Executive and housing associations should only evict tenants as a last resort. These landlords will usually only start legal action to evict if other ways of sorting out any problems have failed.

If you are a tenant of the Housing Executive or a housing association, your tenancy could be ended using if your landlord thinks you’ve left the property without following the right procedure.

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