I have not stayed in my property for a while and my landlord is now threatening to throw me out. What can I do ?
The fact that you have not lived in the property does not automatically give the council / housing association etc. the right to throw you out, but it may be an argument they use when applying to the court to get a possession order. This is because to be secure in your tenancy the property you are living in must be your only main home.
If you have let or sublet the property to somebody else you may be in breach of the conditions of your tenancy.
However, if a friend or relative has been looking after the property for you whilst you were away and the rent has been paid, you may be able to argue that you still live in the property.
If you have been away, but intend to return to the property you may be able to argue that you have not abandoned the property.
Questions & Answers
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