Friday, 2 September 2016

Bombshell....

....dropped on us by landlord yesterday - he wants to evict either us or one of the tenants in the other 3 neighbouring properties he owns, in six months time.  Why?  So he can move one of his workers in.

So, after everything we've done to this house and garden (and at our own expense, as we were under the impression that this would be our home for the foreseeable future), we could be homeless in a few months.

We have absolutely no idea right now what we will do if that happens.....at our stage in life (OH is mid 60s, I'm mid 50s) we don't want to be moving every 5 minutes.

That's the trouble with being a private tenant, you're at the landlord's mercy.



12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, how awful for you. I'm sure the other tenants are good too, but I hope he takes into account what you've done to care for the house as well as being reliable.

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  2. What about your tenancy agreement and have you visited the Citizens Advice Bureau have you sought their advice because I know that it used to be that if you improved the property with approval of the landlord and at your own expense; then financial redress comes into play if you are asked to leave.

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  3. My thoughts are with you hopefully landlord has the good sense to know a exceptional tenant from a good one and you will be ok. I know the horrible feeling of being a private tenant and every year when lease renewed(we only have maximum lease of 12 months here) of not knowing. Have had to move three times in last 4 years. Hate it Good luck

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  4. Sooze, how awful for you, I really feel for you and your DH and am keeping everything crossed that things will work out ok and you won't have to move. x

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  5. Keep my fingers crossed for you, we had a few rental properties and when we were moving here we decided to sell one of the properties to help finance the move along with our house, we had tenants with children who had been there 4 years never a bit of bother, we went to have a chat with them to explain we were putting the house on the market and do a final inspection before marketing the house, it was then we found out they had put in a new heating system (nothing wrong with the other) replaced some of the window seals they didnt say there was a problem, they also did a few other things to improve the property at there expense without our permission, needless to say they were out of pocket, we gave them 5 months notice they were disappointing they had to move, when the house went on the market it sold in 4 days, we did also give the tenants the option to buy but they were not in a position to.

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    1. We had permission, and it's only relatively minor things we've done, like replacing the cheap plastic shower curtain with a glass shower door, and replastering and putting in fitted shelves in an alcove where landlord's workmen ripped out the old Rayburn (and didn't make good). Plus husband built several raised beds in the garden.

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  6. Oh no that's awful. My fingers are crossed its not you X

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  7. Hope he sees the light and can focus on how you have improved his property, and look to the future and see you would look after his property. Keeping everything crossed.

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  8. I hope you get to stay as you obviously love it and have been good tenants. Good reliable tenants are not that easy to come by. If not when you visit the CA they may be able to help in some way, as your husband is over 60 that might work in your favour. Perhaps with a Housing Association property? The good thing about HA's is that they buy up odd houses here and there so may have a rural home on their books. Once you have one of those you have a secure tenancy. They can be a bit hit and miss on how good they are about maintenance though so you would need to ask around to find out how good a reputation they have but at least you would know if you did any work yourself it would not be wasted. I hope it all goes well for you whatever happens.

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  9. I really admire you as I could not cope with the uncertainty that private renting brings. I would also look into retirement housing and put my name down for an allotment or rent a piece of land if you like growing your own produce.

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