When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Reasons for evicting social tenants

You're a social tenant if you rent your home from the Housing Executive or a housing association. 

Your landlord needs a reason to end your tenancy. 

Your landlord has to follow the proper process to end your tenancy. They should send you letters and messages explaining what is happening. 

Contact our helpline if your landlord is trying to end your tenancy. We may be able to help you stay in your home. 

Reasons for evicting social tenants in Northern Ireland

Your landlord needs a reason to evict you. They can start the process to evict you if

  • you owe a lot of rent
  • you, or someone in your home, has caused antisocial behaviour
  • you have damaged or neglected your property
  • you didn't tell the truth on your housing application form.

Your landlord can evict you, but only if it moves you to another property if

  • they are going to redevelop your home or neighbourhood
  • your home is adapted for a person with a disability but there is no-one in your household who needs this type of housing. 

Finding out you're being evicted

Your landlord will send you a notice seeking possession. This will explain why your landlord wants to evict you. 

Landlords usually only evict if

  • you owe a lot of rent and haven't been able to keep to a repayment plan
  • there have been lots of complaints about your behaviour.

Your landlord has to take you to court to evict you. Contact our helpline if you get a notice seeking possession. We may be able to stop the hearing or go to the hearing with you. 

The eviction process is different if you are an introductory tenant. You are an introductory tenant if you've been a social tenant for less than 1 year. 

Abandoning your tenancy

Your landlord can end your tenancy if you’ve stopped living in your home.