Defending an Eviction - Submitting a Defence
The documents from the Registry include a form called ‘Statement Contesting/Defending, Application’. Instead of using this form you can type or write out your own statement, but it is best to use this heading. The point of this statement is to give a clear and accurate account of your position: why you believe you should not be evicted. You should use numbered points to give the facts or the relevant sequence of events - this is easy to read and helps you to write logically.
You do not have to argue the case in the statement of defence - that will happen at the hearing - but the statement must include the key facts on which you will rely.
Wherever possible the statement of defence should be sent to or handed in at the Registry in time for the tribunal member to read it before the hearing and for the landlord to receive a copy.