Staying after a possession order

Being evicted legally takes many weeks. You have a right to stay in your home while this process goes on.

Sometimes you can stop or slow down the eviction process by putting your side of things at a court hearing. But

  1. always get specialist advice before asking for a court hearing because
  2. you might not have a good legal defence and
  3. going to court to stay in your home might cost you money

Find a local adviser below if you want to stay in your home.

Court hearings for possession orders

If there is a court hearing you should always go to the court in good time for the hearing.  When you get to the court, ask for the Court Duty Solicitor.

Sometimes you have the right to put your side of things in writing to a judge about why your landlord should not evict you. If the judge thinks your reasons should be talked about in person, they will set up a court hearing to do that. Get specialist advice straight away to find out if your case is one of these.

If there is a court hearing, you have the right to be there. You can tell the court why they should not give your landlord a possession order. You might get free legal representation for the court hearing. Choose Find a local adviser below for help with this.

Court hearings for eviction orders

Your landlord must apply to court for a Bailiff’s Warrant to make you leave.

Sometimes, you have the right to put your side of things in writing to a judge about why they should not give your landlord a Bailiffs Warrant, or why they should delay the process. Get specialist advice straight away to find out if your case is one of these.

If there is a court hearing, you have the right to be there. You can tell the court why they should not allow your landlord to evict you. You might get free legal representation for the hearing. Choose Find a local adviser below for help with this.

If your eviction case is not one of the types that can be stopped or delayed, the Court Bailiff’s will set a date to evict you. You do not have a right to stay in your home after that date. But you only have to leave on the date of the eviction.

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