Unlawful eviction occurs when your landlord or someone acting on their behalf forces you to leave your home without following the correct legal procedures. Illegal eviction is most common in the private rented sector, but other occupiers, such as local authorities can also be subjected to illegal eviction.
An illegal eviction by local authorities may occur for example, if the local authority fails to follow the correct legal procedure before taking possession of the property or for not giving the tenant the correct minimum notice period.
Other instances – though rare in housing provided by local authorities – include;
These are all criminal offences and if your landlord has or has tried to illegally evict you they may face serious penalties, including the possibility of imprisonment.
If you think you have been illegally evicted you should contact our Housing department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors immediately so that we can help you as soon as possible.
We regularly advise clients on illegal eviction matters– and can also advise if the police need to be involved if physical violence has been threatened or the perpetrators have been verbally abusive or threatening.
If you have been illegally evicted do not hesitate to contact one of our dedicated Housing solicitors at Duncan Lewis as soon as possible on 033 3772 0409