Advice if you’re thinking of asking someone to move out

Give them time to leave

It might take them some time to find somewhere to move to, or to financially prepare for a move.

If you give them a reasonable amount of time then they can better prepare to find somewhere else to live. The more time you can give them the better.

If possible, it’s important you don’t ask the person to immediately move out as this often puts people at risk of homelessness.

Encourage them to contact us

If you’re worried that the person has nowhere else to live then encourage them to contact us: apply for homeless help.

We can help people to find somewhere else to live, so they don’t become homeless. 

The earlier that people approach us the better the service is able to help them.

Help them find somewhere to live

See get a privately rented home

Use mediation services

If you want them to leave because your relationship has deteriorated then you may consider mediation services before asking them to move out.

Local mediation services that can help:

  • First steps – works with people up to the age of 18 by offering early help with any difficulties related to behaviour, emotions and relationships, before they become more complicated or difficult to address.
  • Global Mediation – offers mediation and disagreement resolution services free of charge to parents, carers, children and young people with special educational needs and  disabilities.
  • Off Centre – counselling, art therapy, advocacy, advice and psychosocial service for young people who live, work or study in Hackney and are between the ages of 11 and 25
Page updated on: 5 March 2024

Homeless Prevention and Advice


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