Tenants are being evicted when they complain about the conditions of their homes.
Kelly and her three kids were sadly evicted from their home after she complained about the floor of their rented house saying it was rotten through. They were just 5 of roughly 42,000 people evicted from their homes through the courts last year.
This is a record number, up 11% from evictions in 2013. This is the first time rental evictions have come up to more than 40,000 per year.
The evictions in England and Wales, London had 15,770 evictions last year, North West England had the second worst and Wales had the least amount of eviction.
It’s not always the end when you get evicted sometimes it’s just the beginning. Kelly’s story is one example of how difficult it is to be one of those 40,000 evictions.
Rotten floors, no kitchen and a broken boiler
Kelly and her three sons moved into a B&B after being evicted for complaining about repairs.
She said: “We were in private accommodation for over three years. The landlord wanted us out because he didn’t want to do the repairs to the property. It took us 7 months to get a kitchen, and over a year to get a new boiler. We had Environmental Health involved. There were illegal gas safety certificates and the floors were all rotten.”
They took their eviction notice to the council and were placed 80 miles away in another borough: “They told us that if we didn’t take this place we’d have made ourselves intentionally homeless and they wouldn’t help us.”
From one bad accommodation to another…