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If your landlord wants to evict you

A landlord cannot stop you renting their property without going through the proper steps.

  1. The landlord needs a reason for eviction called the grounds for eviction.
  2. The landlord has to give you the right amount of notice for the grounds they want to use.
  3. The notice is for the date that the legal process to evict will start, if you do not move out.
  4. On that date, the landlord can apply to the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber (the Tribunal) for an eviction order.

Your landlord cannot evict you until the Tribunal gives an eviction order. This is true for all types of tenancy, but different rules apply to the process.

Notice periods

Before a landlord can start legal proceedings to evict, they must give the tenant notice.

The minimum period of notice which the landlord must give the tenant will be 28 days (4 weeks) but the tenant may be entitled to 84 days' (12 weeks') notice. This depends on how long they have been living in the property and what ground is being used to remove the tenant.

Most people have a private residential tenancy. If you are not sure, you can check what type of tenancy you have. Find out more about the eviction process for different tenancy types.

If you are a student, find out about student accommodation notice periods on Student Information Scotland.

Reasons for eviction (the grounds)

The legal name for a reason for eviction is the grounds for eviction. If you get an eviction notice, check the grounds for eviction. Landlords must use the right notice period for the grounds they give.

Tthe Tribunal will be able to use discretion before deciding whether to issue an eviction order or not. 

If you have a private residential tenancy, your landlord cannot end your tenancy because they want it to end. They must issue you with a 'notice to leave' on one or more of the 18 grounds for repossession.


If you owe the landlord rent, there are specific rules when the landlord wants to evict you on the grounds of rent arrears during coronavirus.

If your landlord gives you notice

If you receive a notice to leave or a notice to quit, you do not need to move out until there is an eviction order. An eviction order comes from the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).

You can stay in the property and wait for your landlord to apply to the Tribunal for an eviction order. The Tribunal will ask your landlord to prove that the ground(s) specified for eviction do apply. If the Tribunal agrees the grounds apply, they will issue the eviction order.

It is a crime for your landlord to try to physically or forcefully remove you from the property without an eviction order. This is an illegal eviction.

Report the matter to the police by calling 101, if your landlord:

  • physically removes you from the property
  • threatens to remove you
  • changes the locks

Even if you're under an eviction order, you must continue to pay your rent.

Find out what help you can get if you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus.

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