There is help available if you are facing eviction. As a tenant you have certain rights to protect you, but in some cases a landlord will have a legal right to evict you. This procedure is called seeking possession. To seek advice on your housing situation, contact Housing Rights Northern Ireland or your local Citizens Advice.
Help for private tenants
If you break your tenancy agreement, your landlord may start eviction proceedings. See the Housing Rights website to see why a private landlord may pursue eviction.
Help for social housing tenants
Contact your local council if you think you are facing illegal eviction. The council has the right to take your landlord to court if they broke the law.
Types of illegal eviction include harassment or threats from the landlord, being physically removed from the property, or the locks being changed while you are out. See the Housing Rights website to find out more about illegal eviction.
Who can help?
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion provides a benefits, debt and money advice service that helps veterans with a range of financial issues. They may be able to help you understand your circumstances and options if you are facing eviction. Contact the Legion at:
Seafarers Advice and Information Line (SAIL)
Seafarers' Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice dedicated to Naval Service Veterans. They provide expert telephone and email advice. They may be able to help you if you are facing eviction. To discuss your circumstances, contact SAIL:
Veterans' Gateway - Access to Housing Advice
The Veterans' Housing Advice service, initially provided by the Cobseo group of charities, and delivered by The Royal British Legion, Connect Assist and Shelter, has now been merged into Veterans' Gateway. The service is accessible 24/7 and supported by a resident housing specialist located at the Contact Centre.
The team aim to support veterans in finding, securing or maintaining accommodation by utilising the skills and resources of the Cobseo Housing Cluster, local authority contacts and other housing providers. Information can be accessed by telephone, email, live chat, social media, and on the website by visiting Veterans' Gateway/Self Help/Housing.