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6. Your legal rights

You have the legal rights to occupy your home until a warrant is executed by court appointed bailiffs. However, if you stay after the Section 21 notice expires, and your landlord has to go to court to evict you, you are likely to have to pay court costs.

We do not recommend that you wait for a court order or warrant, but you do have the right to do so. Sometimes, you and your family may have additional concerns about going into temporary accommodation and prefer to remain in your home as long as you can. You have the legal right to do this, but you need to be aware there will be some additional costs you will incur if you choose this option.

If you have a property to move to but you can't move in until after your notice expires, your landlord may consider delaying applying to court if they know you have a date to move. We can contact your landlord for you to request this if we have confirmed you have a property lined up to move into.

If we are unable to help you stay in your current home, or find you an alternative home within your notice period we may be able to offer you temporary accommodation. Temporary accommodation is usually only offered to those deemed to be vulnerable under the homeless legislation.

You will need to pay your rent until you return your keys or until warrant is executed. Your landlord cannot change locks or try to force you out of your home on the day the Section 21 notice expires. If your landlord attempts this, or suggests this is what they intend to do, notify us immediately. Attempting to evict a tenant without the correct legal process is likely to be considered an unlawful eviction and significant penalties apply including fines of up to £5000 per offence and up to two years in prison.