Order for Delivery of Possession of Land

If you have been served with an Order for Delivery of Possession of Land, this means you have not complied with a court order requiring you and anyone else in residence to vacate your land or property.

What this will mean for you

You and anyone living in the land or property can be evicted by the Enforcement of Judgments Office (EJO) at any time after the date the Order was served by the EJO.

All goods and possessions will be removed (even in your absence) and you will have to pay EJO expenses before you can get them back. The property will then be secured and handed over to the owner.

What you can do

The options available to you are outlined below.

Comply with the Order

You can comply with the Order and voluntarily leave the premises, taking all your possessions with you. This will avoid further costs and expenses that you will be liable to pay. Costs are around £550 on average but can sometimes be substantially more.

The EJO will have already informed the Social Services in your area about the order to evict you from your home.  You may also wish to contact the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) or a local Housing Association immediately to seek re-housing.

If you do not resolve this situation and EJO has to forcibly evict you from the property, the NIHE (or local Housing Association) are under no obligation to re-house you.  However they may carry out a homeless assessment with you if you approach them.

Pay any arrears

If the court order is in respect of mortgage or rent arrears, you could pay these arrears in full and request that the possession order is withdrawn.

Contact your finance company or landlord

If you do not have the means to pay the rent or mortgage arrears in full you may wish to contact your finance company or landlord with a proposal to clear your arrears.

If an arrangement is agreed you should inform EJO immediately, enclosing written confirmation from the finance company or landlord. In such circumstances, further eviction action will be put on hold.

Get advice

You may wish to seek further advice from either a solicitor or a welfare organisation such as the Housing Rights Service or Advice NI.

If the matter is not resolved

If the matter isn't resolved, it may lead to eviction. Without further notification, officers from EJO, supported by the Police and other resources if necessary, will arrive at your property.

If you are at your property at the time of the eviction, you will be allowed a short time to gather personal belongings and then you must leave the property.

If you have any valuables in the house you should tell the enforcement officer so they can be kept safe and properly recorded. EJO officers will then remove all your belongings and take them to a place of safety.

An eviction can take place even if you are not at home when EJO officers arrive.

The vacant property will then be secured (this will include changing locks) and handed over to the owner.

You should immediately contact EJO to advise where future correspondence should be sent.

Your belongings will be taken into storage and held for one calendar month from the date you were evicted. You may collect your goods from storage only after you pay the EJO costs for the eviction.

These costs are usually around £550 but can be substantially more. You should contact EJO to get the exact figure and payment can only be made by cash or bankers draft to EJO headquarters.

After one month you will be sent one more letter giving you a final seven days to arrange payment of costs to the EJO. After this your belongings will be disposed of.

Collecting your belongings

If you pay the costs at the EJO, you will be given a receipt. You can then arrange to collect your belongings from storage. Before receiving your belongings, you will have to produce your receipt to a store worker along with identification.

If you ask someone else to collect your belongings, you will need to inform the EJO of their details and they will also be required to produce your payment receipt their ID as well as a letter of authority signed by you.

You, or the person you have asked to collect your goods, will be asked to sign for the goods that have been returned.

Share this page

What do you want to do?
What is your question about?
Do you want a reply?
Your email address
To reply to you, we need your email address
Your feedback

We will not reply to your feedback.  Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

This feedback form is for issues with the nidirect website only.

You can use it to report a problem or suggest an improvement to a webpage.

If you have a question about a government service or policy, you should contact the relevant government organisation directly as we don’t have access to information about you held by government departments.

You must be aged 13 years or older - if you’re younger, ask someone with parental responsibility to send the feedback for you.

The nidirect privacy notice applies to any information you send on this feedback form.

Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.
Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.

What to do next

Comments or queries about angling can be emailed to anglingcorrespondence@daera-ni.gov.uk 

What to do next

If you have a comment or query about benefits, you will need to contact the government department or agency which handles that benefit.  Contacts for common benefits are listed below.

Carer's Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912
Email 
dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Discretionary support / Short-term benefit advance

Call 0800 587 2750 
Email 
customerservice.unit@communities-ni.gov.uk

Disability Living Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912 
Email dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Employment and Support Allowance

Call 0800 587 1377

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Contact your local Jobs & Benefits office

Personal Independence Payment

Call 0800 587 0932

If your query is about another benefit, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

Comments or queries about the Blue Badge scheme can be emailed to bluebadges@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk or you can also call 0300 200 7818.

What to do next

For queries or advice about careers, contact the Careers Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Child Maintenance, contact the Child Maintenance Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about claiming compensation due to a road problem, contact DFI Roads claim unit.

What to do next

For queries or advice about criminal record checks, email ani@accessni.gov.uk

What to do next

Application and payment queries can be emailed to ema_ni@slc.co.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about employment rights, contact the Labour Relations Agency.

What to do next

For queries or advice about birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates and research, contact the General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) by email gro_nisra@finance-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries about:

If your query is about another topic, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

For queries or advice about passports, contact HM Passport Office.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), including parking tickets and bus lane PCNs, email dcu@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about pensions, contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre.

What to do next

If you wish to report a problem with a road or street you can do so online in this section.

If you wish to check on a problem or fault you have already reported, contact DfI Roads.

What to do next

For queries or advice about historical, social or cultural records relating to Northern Ireland, use the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) enquiry service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about rates, email LPSCustomerTeam@lpsni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about  60+ and Senior Citizen SmartPasses (which can be used to get concessionary travel on public transport), contact Smartpass - Translink.