If you don’t leave your home by the date given in an outright possession order, your landlord can ask the court for a ‘warrant for possession’.
If the court gives a warrant, you’ll be sent an eviction notice that gives a date when you must leave your home.
If you don’t go, bailiffs can evict you. The costs of doing this will be added to the money you owe.
You can ask a judge to suspend the warrant for possession at a new hearing. This means they’ll delay the eviction or let you stay in your home if you can make payments again.
The judge won’t automatically agree to suspend the possession warrant.
Applying to suspend a warrant
To apply for a suspension of a possession warrant, you must fill out an application notice and either send or deliver it to the court.
You must tell the court you need a hearing at short notice (before your eviction date). You’ll have to pay a court fee, unless you qualify for help.
Asking the court to change your payments
If your circumstances change, you can ask a judge at a new hearing to change what you pay. To do this, you must fill out an application notice (link opens in new window).
You’ll have to pay a court fee, unless you qualify for help (link opens in new window).
Appealing against the decision
You can only appeal if you can show the judge made mistakes in the original possession hearing. You’ll need to ask the judge for permission to appeal at the end of the original hearing.
If you get permission to appeal, you’ll have to apply for an appeal hearing very soon afterwards. You’ll have to pay a court fee, unless you qualify for help.
You’ll need to get legal advice (link opens in new window).
Worried about being homeless
If you’re worried about becoming homeless visit our dedicated homeless page to see how you can get help.