Rent arrears

Getting into rent arrears can be distressing. But don't ignore the situation. If you don't take action to pay back what you owe, you could end up losing your home.

Read these pages to find out what you can do to stop yourself being evicted for rent arrears.

This content applies to England

Information about checking whether you are responsible for rent arrears, housing benefit and other sources of financial help.

Information about rent arrears and how to pay them back, including sources of help, talking to your landlord, checking whether the amount of rent you have to pay is correct and agreeing a repayment plan.

Information for tenants of private landlords on the procedure which must be followed to evict you for rent arrears. Covers checking whether you are an assured shorthold tenant, notice periods, defending your landlord's claim for possession and what to do if you are likely to become homeless.

Information about the procedure a landlord must follow in order to take a tenant to court for rent arrears, special rules for social housing landlords, notice periods, what happens and a court hearing and the type of orders a judge can make.

Details of the various types of possession orders that a judge can grant a landlord in order to evict their tenant. Also covers what happens if the tenant does not leave by the date on the possession order, warrants of possession and eviction by bailiffs.