You are likely to have some rights in the accommodation you are living in. Before you can find out what your rights are, you need to know what type of tenancy you have.

Tenancies can exist even if you don’t have a written agreement.

Check what type of tenancy you have and your rights

Assured shorthold tenancies (AST)

It is highly likely that a landlord seeking possession of a private rented tenancy will secure possession. It is therefore recommended that you start to look for new accommodation once you have received notice.

Most private tenants have an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) 

If you have an AST your landlord or agent cannot evict you without following the correct legal process.

You can find more information about the eviction process from Shelter  Opens in a new window .

Assured tenants of housing associations and council tenants

Most housing association and council tenants have an assured tenancy.

A housing association can only evict you if there is a legal reason why you should leave your home.

You can find more information about the eviction process from Shelter  Opens in a new window .

For help and advice on finding a new home please read the information on our finding a home page.