Are you worried about being evicted?6th April 2020
Unless you live with your landlord, they can’t evict you without following the correct legal procedure in either the sheriff court or the First-tier Tribunal, depending on the type of tenancy you have. If your landlord changes the locks or tries to make you leave without a court or tribunal order, this is illegal.
The Scottish government has introduced a new law to protect tenants from eviction if they’re struggling to pay rent because of coronavirus. If you’re behind with your rent, your landlord can only evict you if they give you six months’ notice.
Read more about what to do if you have rent arrears.
If you’re a private-sector tenant, your landlord must also go to the First-tier Tribunal to get an eviction order. The tribunal must consider if it’s reasonable to evict you in the circumstances.
The tribunal has postponed all hearings and case management discussions until at least 28 May 2020. No new eviction orders can be granted before this date.
If you already had a hearing or case management discussion scheduled, the tribunal will contact you to tell you it has been postponed. Read more about tribunal hearings and the coronavirus on the First-tier Tribunal website.
Find out more about how housing is affected by the coronavirus on the Shelter Scotland website.
More information can be found on the gov.scot website.
If your landlord is unhelpful and you need more support, call us on our freephone number 0300 303 4321 or email us by filling in our online enquiry form.Back to News