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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Freedom from harassment and illegal eviction

When you rent a property it becomes your home. Your landlord must respect that the property is your home and must observe the proper legal procedures when entering the property or trying to reclaim possession of it. Your landlord could be guilty of harassing you if he or she tries to force you out of the property by force, by cutting off essential services or by making threats. 

Your landlord may try to force you to move out by harassing you. Your landlord may be doing this so he or she won't have to follow the proper procedure for evicting you. Harassing a tenant is a criminal offence and your landlord could be prosecuted by the local council for trying to force you to leave the property.

Your landlord must follow the correct legal procedure in order to evict you. On rare occasions, a landlord may try to force you out of the property or change the locks while you are out. This is an illegal eviction and your landlord can be prosecuted for this action.