We will always work with you to help you sort out any tenancy or rent arrears problem.But if you don't contact us or you don't keep to an agreement to pay the debt, we may take legal action and ask the courts to take back the property. If you are evicted for rent arrears, other local authorities may have no obligation to re-house you even if you have a family.
The court process
- Once we have exhausted all other courses of action we will apply to court to take the property back
- You will then receive a summons to attend a court hearing (called ‘hearings in possession proceedings’)
- If you receive a summons, you may get free legal representation through certain schemes
- The court may decide to issue you with a ‘possession order’. This has the things you must do (called 'terms and conditions') to avoid being evicted
- If you are facing a possession order, you should seek independent legal advice. You can contact a solicitor directly, or contact a local advice agency for free advice
- If you do not do the things the possession order says, the court will issue a ‘warrant of possession’ to you. This means that we have the legal authority to evict you. The court will tell you the date and time that the bailiff will arrive to evict you
- You may apply for the warrant of possession to be suspended. You can only do this at the court, not Tower Hamlets Homes, or the council. The court will consider your case again, but may not agree to alter the decision
Can an eviction be stopped?
The earlier you take action or get advice the better. We will always try to help you to remain in your home, but it is more difficult to make agreements once eviction proceedings have begun. You can apply for the warrant of possession to be suspended. This application can only be made to the court.
You can also get free advice from local advice agencies.