Worried about being evicted during Covid-19? “There was already a court case to evict me going on before Covid-19” All eviction cases have been ‘paused’ because of the Covid-19 restrictions. The First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) decides on evictions from private tenancies – that is where the landlord is not the council, a housing association or supported accommodation. No cases will go ahead in the tribunal until 9th July 2020 at the earliest. This means that if your landlord has gone to the tribunal to get an order to evict you, that will not go any further before the 9th July. If you have worries about being evicted after the 9th July get in touch now and we will give you advice about how you can sort things out before the case is brought back to the tribunal. The Sheriff Court deals with all other eviction cases, including cases where the landlord is the council or a housing association.All cases in the Sheriff Court have been paused until further notice. It is likely that these cases will restart in the next few months. If you have a case which has been paused get in touch now and we will help you get ready to fight the eviction when the case comes back into court. “During lockdown my landlord told me that I have to leave my home” Remember, your landlord cannot just tell you to leave or just end your tenancy. Before they can legally make you leave the landlord must: Serve proper legal notice that they are going to get an order ending your tenancy Get an order from the Sheriff Court or the tribunal. If your landlord tries to intimidate you into leaving or physically or forcefully removes you this is a crime. If this has happened to you get in touch now and we will give you some advice about what you can do. The Scottish Government has passed an emergency law to protect people who rent their homes from a private landlord during Covid-19. This applies to everyone who is renting a private tenancy in Scotland. This means in most cases your landlord must give you at least 6 months’ notice, if they want to end your tenancy. If your landlord is seeking to evict you because of antisocial behaviour or criminal behaviour they must give you 3 month's notice. In all eviction cases the tribunal decides on before September 2020 they must consider the tenant’s personal circumstances and how being evicted will affect the tenant before they make a decision about whether or not to evict them. The government may decide to extend this provision for longer. If you have been given a notice to leave your tenancy, or you have worries about being evicted/being allowed to stay in your tenancy, then contact us for advice immediately and we will see what we can do to help sort things out. This is intended as a guide to the situation in April 2020 and not as an authoritative statement and interpretation of the law. If you have any questions or would like further information please call 0808 129 0522 or email [email protected].