Eviction notices and bailiffs

You can ask the court for a ‘warrant for possession’ if your tenants do not leave your property by the date given in an order for possession. It costs £121.

When the court issues a warrant, your tenants will be sent an eviction notice giving a date by when they must leave your property.

If your tenants do not leave your property you’ll need to ask for a warrant of possession to arrange for a bailiff to evict them.

Get a faster eviction from the High Court

You can speed up the eviction by applying to have the warrant transferred from the county court to the High Court. A high court enforcement officer will carry out the eviction.

You can only do this if you’re claiming more than £600 including court costs.

Delaying eviction

Your tenants can ask a judge to ‘suspend’ the warrant for possession at a new hearing. The judge could delay the eviction or let your tenants stay in your property if they can make payments again.

Changing payments

If your tenants’ circumstances change, they can ask a judge at a new hearing to change what they pay.

You’ll need to get legal advice.