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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Notice seeking possession

Your social tenancy can end if

  • your landlord evicts you
  • your landlord decides you aren't living in the property and takes it back, or
  • you end your own tenancy

The Housing Executive and housing associations should only evict you if all other ways of solving a problem have failed. They have to follow the right process. This process depends on whether you've been a tenant for more or less than a year. 

An introductory tenancy is a trial period for your tenancy. It is easier for your landlord to evict you if you are an introductory tenant. 

Eviction should be a last resort for the Housing Executive and housing associations.  

They should only evict you if other ways to sort out the problems in your tenancy failed. 

Your landlord needs a reason and must 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. 

Different things can happen if you have to go to court for a possession hearing. The judge can make an order, schedule another hearing, or dismiss the case.

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