Retaliatory eviction is when a landlord tries to evict the tenant after they have asked for repairs or complained about conditions in their home. New legislation which came into effect on the 1st October 2015 could make it harder for some landlords to do this. The change affects assured shorthold tenancies that started or were renewed under revised terms on or after 1 October 2015. The legislation will also apply to these older tenancies from 1st October 2018.
Note: A landlord may not be able to gain possession of their property using section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 where a tenant has raised concerns about the condition of their home and the landlord has failed to take appropriate action.