Evictions

When we might consider eviction

If a tenant fails to pay rent or breaches any aspects of their tenancy agreement then Stevenage Borough Council has the right to evict the tenant by applying to the court to repossess the property.

The most common ground for eviction is non-payment of rent, although it is possible for tenants breaching any other aspect of their tenancy agreement to be evicted (for example, tenants causing nuisance).

Once a Possession Order is obtained from the Courts any application to vary the terms of the order or to obtain a stay of execution must be made to the Court itself.

If tenants are facing a Possession Order, it is advisable to seek independent legal advice. Tenants can contact a solicitor directly or the local Citizens Advice Bureau can offer free advice.

We will take firm action against those that will not pay.  We will seek eviction only as a last resort, courts do evict households with children.

What happens if you are evicted

If you are evicted you will have to find alternative accommodation for yourself and anyone else who is living with you.

The court will tell you the date and time that the bailiff will arrive. A representative from Tenancy Services will also be there. The locks of the house will be changed and any of your belongings that are still there will be cleared.

Stopping the eviction

The earlier you take action or get advice the better.

It is more difficult to make agreements at a late stage. You may apply for the Warrant of Possession to be suspended. The court will then reconsider your case but may not agree to alter the decision.

Please remember, if you are having difficulties paying your rent:

  • speak to a member of our staff
  • get advice, for example, from a Citizens' Advice Bureau; and
  • make an arrangement to make regular payments to reduce arrears.

Stevenage Borough Council has no obligation to re-house those who are evicted for non-payment of rent or for causing nuisance to others.

Related pages

Income and Tenancy Officers

Contact us

Tenancy Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
SG1 1HN

tenancyservices@stevenage.gov.uk
01438 242666