Housing Court Duty Scheme


The Housing Court Duty Scheme (HCDS) provides last minute help to people

facing eviction or repossession, and it operates at the Newport, Isle of Wight

County Court.


Specialist legal advisors attend the Court on the days when repossession cases

are being heard.  These advisors are available to all tenants or mortgage holders

facing eviction or repossession – regardless of income – who has a hearing listed

on that day.


To find the HCDS advisor at the Court ask for the Law Centre.  The HCDS legal

advisors can help with:


  • Free legal advice.


  • Referral onwards (if necessary).


  • Representation at the hearing.




If your landlord (private or Housing Association) serves you a notice seeking possession (or notice to quit) or has issued Court proceedings, then we can help.  We could also help if your landlord has applied for the bailiffs (warrant of possession).  If does not matter why your landlord is trying to evict you.




If you have a mortgage and the lender is seeking to repossess your home, then we can help.


We operate the HCDS on the following days 


The Isle of Wight County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Tuesdays.

Isle of Wight Law Centre