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“I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place” One landlord shares experience of eviction ban

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, landlord TK* had become a father for the second time.

But ever since the baby was born in January, he has been forced to live in cramped accommodation with his other young child, his wife and parents.

Why? Because his tenant’s have stopped paying rent – and refused to comply with an eviction notice served back in October, meaning he can’t move back into his property and has been waiting to for six months.

Agreeable

The tenants were aware of the landlords’ intention to move back into the property at the very start of the tenancy, and were comfortable with this, expressing they were only planning on living at the property for a few months any way.

So, in preparation for the arrival of his second child at the start of 2020, the landlord served an eviction notice in October, especially as the tenants had initially said they’d be moving on themselves.

No rent for FIVE months

However, not only did the tenants refuse to leave when the day came, they are still continuing to live in the property due to the eviction ban, and have not paid a penny of rent since January.

TKs struggle to gain possession of his property is taking its toll on his new family’s life, especially during the lockdown.

“It’s left my life in a very awkward situation and has made lockdown difficult. I had planned to move into the house as I had my second baby instead I am living in a cramped house, while the tenants continue to live rent free, but I know they can afford some of the rent as they’re still receiving benefits.”

“I’ve even offered to step in and help them find another property to live in-I just need my house back”.

It’s not just the impact on his own personal life that TK is worried about-he’s also concerned that the tenants’ behaviour is disrupting the neighbours at the property-something he is currently powerless to do anything about.

“The tenants know they can’t be evicted right now, and they’ve been causing a nuisance to some of the neighbours – which I really want to be able to do something about but I simply can’t.

“The possession is not linked to coronavirus so why should I be in this situation”.

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The extension of the eviction ban now means that Michelle is powerless to gain possession of her property, despite the tenant breaching several parts of the contract.

  • The NRLA is calling for courts to urgently deal with anti-social behaviour and domestic violence cases when they are allowed to begin to hear repossession cases again. Read more about this and the NRLA’s five point plan here.
  • The NRLA is also urging members to write to their local MP about their own experiences. Members can do this easily, using our tool

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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