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Private tenant at risk of being homeless

Check your rights as a tenant to make sure you're not being evicted illegally

Check your rights

If you have been asked to leave your property, whether verbally or in writing, check your rights and options before you leave your home.

Always keep a copy of any correspondence you receive from your landlord or letting agent.

Find out what type of tenancy or licence you have by using the Shelter Tenancy Rights Checker. This will then explain what process a landlord must follow to end it. 

Other factors

If your home is provided as part of your work, your rights may be affected by employment law too.

If you live in the same house as your landlord you will have less rights. Your landlord is allowed to give you 'reasonable notice' which can be quite short.

Eviction notices

Your landlord has to notify you in writing if they want to evict you from their property. 

Please do not leave your accommodation until the written notice has been checked and validated by our Housing Department. To contact our Housing Department you can:

For more information on evictions, please visit the Shelter website - Eviction notices from private landlords page. Or if your landlord is illegally evicting you, Shelter offers some guidance on their what is illegal eviction page.

What if you're evicted

If you're being evicted, and have no where to go, please visit our worried about becoming homeless page for advice on what to do next.