Which Possession Proceedings?

Possession claims were stayed in the courts between March and 20 September 2020.  The courts are now processing claims again but are prioritising those involving anti-social behaviour, domestic violent and rent arrears which pre-date the pandemic.  Notice periods for most situations have been extended to six months, with effect to 31 March 2021 (unless extended further). This means that landlords can expect very long delays for standard evictions of up to a year or longer.

Landlord Law members should visit the Coronavirus help page for more information and links to information services.

Note that as the coronavirus amendments are intended to be temporary we have not amended the main text in this guide. However, it should be read in the context of the current situation.

No landlord wants to evict their tenants – they want tenants to stay and pay rent! However unfortunately sometimes it is necessary.

If you are looking to evict your tenant there are a number of different procedures you can use.  But which one is the most suitable for YOUR situation?

This interactive ‘which possession proceedings’ guide is an interactive question and answer ‘trail’ which will lead you to the right answer.

The Guide is available to both Landlord Law members and non-members. Please proceed as follows:

  • Answer the questions ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as appropriate
  • Make sure that you comply with all the requirements set out on some of the pages (you may need to take some action before you can proceed further)
  • You will in due course come to an answer page which will give further information about the eviction procedure appropriate for your situation
  • Every page has a ‘back’ button so you can re-trace your steps if you think you may have given a wrong answer
  • Note that some of the links may not work if they lead to a members-only service.  In which case click the ‘back button’ to return to the page.

To begin, please click the start button below.