Lyndsay’s eviction story began with a letter. Her landlord sent her a section 21 notice, giving her two months to leave her home.
After struggling to find another landlord who would accept a tenant who claimed benefits, Lyndsay decided to contact the local council for help. It was her housing officer there who spotted a problem with her section 21 notice, making it invalid.
Lyndsay’s landlord had to send a second section 21 notice, which gave her another two months in her home.
Lyndsay’s advice for getting through a section 21 eviction
- try to keep a good relationship with your landlord, if you can
- if you’re getting council support, keep in regular touch with your contact there
- see friends and family as much as possible
- stay positive, and try to make the best of a bad situation
It’s always worth checking that your landlord has followed the rules when giving you a section 21. Our housing adviser, Nadeem, tells you below how you can do this yourself.
Lyndsay stayed past the expiry date on the second section 21 notice, meaning her landlady had to start court action. The court sent her a possession order four months later.
She was given six weeks to leave her home – an extension of the usual two weeks that’s sometimes given. However, she was ordered to pay £400 in court costs because there was no legal reason to stop her eviction.
A day before the bailiffs were due, Lyndsay and her children moved into the temporary council accommodation for which they had qualified. After a 12-week stay, Lyndsay was fortunate to be nominated for a home with a housing association.
‘It all worked out for the best,’ Lyndsay says. ‘We were very lucky.’