People tell us all the horrible ways they've been evicted

More and more of us are renting homes, rather than buying them.

Mostly because damp one bedroom flats now cost fifty million pounds and all millennial buy seventeen avocados a day*.

*Not completely true.

In repsonse to our increased renting, the government are bringing in measures which might make life a little more fair, getting rid of the ‘no fault eviction’, where a landlord can turf you out of the house because they want to sell, or don’t like the colour of your curtains, with just eight weeks notice.

You can read more about the policy here. 

In order to illustrate why this is such an important move, we asked people to share their worst ever eviction stories.

Julie 

I once lived in a house share where all the other tenants were given a week to leave except me. As the only non immigrant I was allowed to stay.

Beck

Our landlord told us we should move out because we kept complaining about the chronic mold and damp. He claimed we ‘shouldn’t live in an old house’ if we didn’t want damp, because ‘all Victorian houses have it.’

Hayley 

My estate agent forgot to ask me if I wanted to renew my contract until the last day of the 2mth notice period… They emailed me at 330pm and when I hadn’t replied by 5pm that day, they put an eviction notice through my door at 5.03pm.

Allie

One of my previous landlords upped the rent and evicted us. She said it was because she wanted to redo the property (which we had been waiting for for years) but had to increase the rent by £300 a month per person, raising it from £550 to £850.

She gave us a month to decide or to move out, and when we finally did, she tried to trick us by not returning our deposits. I had to pretend I had hired a lawyer to get her to admit she was lying and give us the money

Lindsey

Our ceiling so damp you could put your finger through it and kitchen roof was literal plastic sheeting that didn’t meet the mouldy black walls – when we asked for it to be fixed suddenly the landlord was selling up… moved one street over so saw the ‘to let’ sign go up after. 

Ellena

An old landlord wanted to sell the flat I was living in, but didn’t want to give us notice until she’d found a buyer, and she wanted to show potential buyers around. She took umbrage when we wouldn’t and gave her our notice, because we didn’t want to live insecurely.

Then she tried to keep a third of each of our deposits (3) so she could redecorate (her words!!) Turns out she hadn’t put them in a deposit protection scheme, which is illegal- she quickly gave the rest back rather than risk being sued for up to 3 times the deposit amount.

Katja

I was evicted because I wouldn’t hang up net curtains. Apparently it was in the contract.

Dot

After only 6 weeks, having paid deposit + 3 months in advance, bailiffs arrived to repossess as landlord hadn’t been paying mortgage.

Caroline 

My landlady approved us getting a dog, then the freeholder freaked out about the dog, and the landlady evicted us, despite having said she ‘loved dogs’. 

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