Rent arrears

Your landlord can evict you if you fall behind with your rent - you could lose your home.

You can get advice if you’re in rent arrears or having difficulty paying your rent from:

Notice periods if you owe rent

If you’re in rent arrears, the notice period your landlord must give if they plan to evict you depends on:

  • when they give the notice to leave
  • how much rent you owe

If you were given notice:

  • between 29 August 2020 and 31 May 2021 - you must have been given at least 6 months’ notice, unless you owed at least 6 months’ rent
  • between 1 June and 31 July 2021 - you must have been given at least 4 months’ notice, unless you owed at least 4 months’ rent
  • from 1 August 2021 - you must get at least 2 months’ notice, unless you owe at least 4 months’ rent

If you are unable to pay your rent due to COVID-19, speak to your landlord as soon as possible.

There are different notice periods if your landlord gives you a ‘section 8’ notice.