Dealing with your priority debts

Assured and assured shorthold tenancies

It is very important to check exactly what sort of tenancy agreement you have. It can be a lot easier for a landlord to evict you from your home if you have an 'assured shorthold tenancy'. If your tenancy agreement has run out, the court must give your home back to the landlord as long as you have had two months' notice in writing.

If you have an assured tenancy, in most cases, the court can decide if it is reasonable to make you leave your home, unless you have over two months' or eight weeks' rent arrears. If your landlord goes to court and you still have two months' or eight weeks' rent arrears at the date of the hearing, the court cannot allow you to make an arrangement to pay the arrears and they have to let your landlord evict you. Contact us for advice.

Rent arrears fact sheet

For more information about how to deal with rent arrears, see our detailed Rent arrears fact sheet.

This fact sheet will give you practical information and advice if you are behind on your rent. It will explain your options, and the processes your landlord must follow.

Use this fact sheet to:

  • work out what kind of tenancy you have;
  • find out if there is any help you can get with your rent;
  • decide the best option for you;
  • help you negotiate with your landlord; and
  • get advice about dealing with court action.
This fact sheet also includes some useful contacts and links for you to get further help.