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Unlawful
Eviction

At Ashwood Solicitors, we have an experienced team that specialises in defending tenants in unlawful eviction matters. For individuals and families who find themselves being forced to leave their homes, it can be extremely upsetting and stressful.

If your landlord has evicted you without following the correct strict procedures, it may be classed as an unlawful eviction. This will enable you to apply to the court for re-entry and to claim damages. Landlords can require their tenants to leave their properties for several reasons and they will usually serve a notice seeking possession. They will then apply to the court for a Possession Order if the tenant hasn’t left; however, some landlords choose to bypass the legal process and force or attempt to force a tenant to leave. 

At Ashwood Solicitors, we have a specialist team on hand to assess your circumstances and advise you on the best way forward in this complex and technical area of law.

What is an Unlawful Eviction?

There are strict procedures and timelines that landlords must adhere to when they want to evict a tenant. There are only a limited number of circumstances where they are legally able to evict.

It can only be done through a court order and if your landlord does not follow the correct legal process, they can face prosecution. Unlawful eviction is a criminal offence (also known as wrongful eviction or illegal eviction); also, bullying or harassing you to leave may be illegal too. 

There are several ways in which a landlord may breach the rules, including:

  • Changing the locks to the property
  • Removing your access to some or all of the property
  • Removing your belongings from the property
  • Threatening or forcing you to leave the property
  • Physically removing you from the property

As a tenant, you can only be forced to leave your rented home if your landlord or their agents have:

  • Served you with the correct notice,
  • Applied to the county court and obtained a possession order, and
  • Obtained a warrant of eviction
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Free Initial Discussion 

If you have a housing issue, you must seek expert legal advice early on. This way, we can ensure you are treated fairly and are given the best chance of achieving a successful outcome. For a free initial discussion and information on funding such as Legal Aid, call our friendly team today on 0161 248 4444 or email us at info@ashwoodsolicitors.co.uk and a member of our team will get back to you.

Your Rights as a Tenant

If you believe that you have been unlawfully evicted or think that your landlord is trying to force you to leave the property, you may be entitled to make a claim or obtain an injunction.

If you are unsure whether your rights have been affected, call the Ashwood Solicitor team today for expert advice.

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Legal Aid

Legal aid for unlawful eviction is available in certain circumstances. It may also depend on your financial circumstances. We can establish if you qualify for legal aid; however, we may require you to provide further information or documents to assess your eligibility.

Contact Us 

We can assist wherever you are based, including meeting via video link and we also have offices in Manchester and Blackburn.

For a free initial discussion, call our friendly team today on 0161 248 4444 or email us at info@ashwoodsolicitors.co.uk and a member of our team will get back to you.

Why Choose Us?

Our depth and expertise have meant we could assist clients with a wide range of homelessness matters. The Ashwood Solicitors approach is proactive and means we can work with you to achieve your objectives and deliver successful outcomes as efficiently and swiftly as possible. 

We can clearly explain the legal issues and provide you with expert advice tailored to your specific circumstances. Housing problems can be very worrying and stressful, which is why our team are always approachable and knowledgeable when it comes to housing law and can provide you with the best possible advice. We can clearly explain the housing legal issues and provide you with expert advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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