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Sorry to hear about your problem. Is the rent the landlord is asking for unreasonable for the property? Are there other properties available for less in the same area?
Have you already started paying the increased rent?
Yes, you'd need a letter from the landlord suggesting the rent is going to increase - and then follow up with the new tenancy agreement in order to claim housing benefit.
It may also be the case that the full rent would not be payable - you need to check with your local authority what the cap is for private rentals in your area for someone in your circumstances (single parent with one child). Once you know what the cap is, you can let your landlord know and perhaps try to negotiate a lower rent (if the cap is lower than the rent he wants to charge). The local authority can also talk to the landlord for you if you ask for their help.
Otherwise it is a case of waiting until the landlord serves notice on you and then presenting as homeless to the local authority. You cannot move out until the landlord serves notice and gets a possession order, otherwise you will be deemed to have made yourself intentionally homeless. But if you are made homeless through no fault of your own, then the local authority will have a duty to assist you with housing. This can either be helping you to find another private rental, or sometimes even social housing.
In short, the answer to your specific query is yes, a landlord can evict you even if that makes you and your child homeless.
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