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Daisy1256 Fri 07-Aug-20 00:39:57

Have lived here with my children nearly a decade. The only home they remember. Got served section 21. Landlord wants to sell. Our home is not ours just like that. Although have three months to get out. Just feel sad. AIBU to think this is a shitty thing to do to families at this time. Just can't help but to feel sad and then angry although I know it was never our house it was our home. So maybe IABU.
So yabu is get over yourself it's your landlords house
Yanbu it was your home for a decade it's okay to be sad.

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HilaryBriss Fri 07-Aug-20 00:43:31

It is OK to be sad, I would be, but it isnt your house and never will be so this was always likely to happen at some point.

19lottie82 Fri 07-Aug-20 00:44:18

While this is a risk that comes with private renting, you have every right to be sad, I would be too.

Sparklesocks Fri 07-Aug-20 00:45:50

I would be sad too. It may not be your house but it is your home.

Spanglebangle Fri 07-Aug-20 00:47:29

I would say both. It is definitely ok to feel sad but it is your landlords property, you must've known this could happen.
Also I am very sorry this is happening to you, it sucks.

ThePants999 Fri 07-Aug-20 00:48:11

Please bear in mind that if you want/need it, you have a lot more than three months to leave. You do not have to leave when the section 21 expires - that's simply when the landlord can begin the court eviction process, which with the current backlog will take approximately forever.

Daisy1256 Fri 07-Aug-20 00:57:27

To the people that said i am being unreasonable I know in a way I am. I will get out obviously. I just can't help but feel sad I guess. Plus I'm currently unemployed covid related and have pets so not straight forward as in I'm going to get another property with ease. I know that's not the landlords problem and was nice enough to let us have the pets here. I guess I'm just still shocked and upset. Thanks to the supportive messages. The heart feels what it feels I guess.

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SisyphusAndTheRockOfUntidiness Fri 07-Aug-20 00:59:44

This exact thing happened to us not long ago. We were in ours over a decade as well. DD found it very unsettling.

Speak to local estate agents etc to try to find alternative accommodation.
Speak to your local housing officer at the council & let them know you're at risk of homelessness. Obviously this is a last resort but it's good to get the ball rolling.
If you have a Citizens Advice locally, contact them.
Don't bury your head in the sand. Keep in touch with your letting agent & let them know if / when you get something/if you can't.

We were given a lot longer than the initial notice period as we couldn't get anywhere (crap employment situation). Also, the owner didn't get a sale very quickly. We were then briefly homeless but managed to get a secure HA tenancy which has turned out really well. As you've got DCs, depending on housing stock locally & your willingness to move, it's worth a look? Obviously private renting is easier to obtain if you can afford it.

tankflybos Fri 07-Aug-20 01:03:45

"Please bear in mind that if you want/need it, you have a lot more than three months to leave. You do not have to leave when the section 21 expires"

And kiss goodbye to a reference just to add to the issues of having pets etc. Great plan hmm

rosesandcashmere Fri 07-Aug-20 01:04:02

It's ok to be sad, but 3 months is generous. They may need to sell for their own reasons. Best of luck

Daisy1256 Fri 07-Aug-20 01:08:01

I can afford private renting and have a decade long history/reference of paying rent on time. But no-one will take me so far without a guarantor as not working and I don't have one that makes enough. They won't take two. Will try council and just keep looking for a private. Just seems so unreal we won't live here I guess. I know that's the risk with renting but not many rent through choice.

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Daisy1256 Fri 07-Aug-20 01:11:31

I read the council make you stay longer until the bailiffs come. Is this true? I wouldn't want to let that happen as then private won't touch me again and more importantly no one wants that to occur Infront their children.

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Pixxie7 Fri 07-Aug-20 01:49:15

Obviously the landlord has aright to sell, but the timing could have been better.

Butterer Fri 07-Aug-20 01:53:56

Yep, if you leave before the bailiffs enforce the eviction you'll usually be counted as intentionally homeless by the council/not necessary eligible for longer term housing from them if you're homeless when you leave.

Get yourself on any local council and Housing Association lists ASAP, have a housing assessment if you can, and look for private landlords as soon as you can. Get in touch with local estate agents and tell them what you're looking for. Technically it's not allowed to discriminate against people on benefits; I believe it's still happening though sad

Your council may do a deposit guarantee scheme with private landlords - ask them if they do.

Be prepared for private landlords charging extra rent for pets, if you find a landlord willing to take them. They used to often just charge a double bond or similar, but legislation changed recently so you're not allowed to be asked for more than something like five weeks in advance. A friend recently had to pay £50/month extra on a studio in order to take her pet; I'm not sure what larger places might charge.

I'm sorry this has happened, it's horrible having to leave somewhere you love.
Good luck with finding your next place - even if you have to look for a stepping stone for a bit.

happy97 Fri 07-Aug-20 01:54:02

rosesandcashmere

It's ok to be sad, but 3 months is generous. They may need to sell for their own reasons. Best of luck


It's not generous, it's the law! They're hardly doing the OP a favour.

OP, I've been where you are 3 times. Currently going through it again and it's shit!

Fatted Fri 07-Aug-20 02:09:13

I hope it works out for you OP.

We had the same thing happen to us last year. We got very bitter with the landlord about it all, she told us she was splitting up with hubby and needed to move back in. We did her lots of favours, left white goods for her to use (we replaced anyway, but we could have sold them ourselves and got the money) and actually left earlier than our notice period so she could 'move in' sooner to name a few. Of course, it went up for sale the second we handed over the keys. I'm so angry that we actually felt sorry for her having to move back into her old house.

GivenchyDahhling Fri 07-Aug-20 02:19:40

@Butterer Those sort of fees are now banned (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tenant-fees-act) so I would advise your friend to contact the landlord and ask for a refund of all these additional fees paid.

Iloveyoutothefridgeandback Fri 07-Aug-20 02:25:23

I have never owned my own home. I've always rented as we move around so much for work.

The places where we have been especially happy are always hard to leave. In particular our last home in the UK before we emigrated was very hard to say goodbye to. It wasn't "mine" but it really was our home and we had so many happy memories. I cried my eyes out as we handed the keys over. I probably could cry now if I thought about it for long enough.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 07-Aug-20 02:30:00

ThePants999

Please bear in mind that if you want/need it, you have a lot more than three months to leave. You do not have to leave when the section 21 expires - that's simply when the landlord can begin the court eviction process, which with the current backlog will take approximately forever.


This is a shitty response.

I work for a social landlord and I have been an accidental private landlord and I wish both landlords and tenants would respect the law without enforcement being necessary. Enforcement is meant for abnormal cases, not every single tenant who doesn't want to move and every landlord who doesn't want to repair/check/do what they're supposed to do. It's crappy for landlords to not do what they are supposed to. But it is also crappy when tenants force landlords to spend money and time enforcing what is the contract.

In this case it's incredibly sad. But I suppose the landlord may have a reason they have to sell now, rather than waiting.

Ohnonononononono Fri 07-Aug-20 02:30:10

GivenchyDahhling

*@Butterer* Those sort of fees are now banned (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tenant-fees-act) so I would advise your friend to contact the landlord and ask for a refund of all these additional fees paid.

It isn't a fee, and it's legal - it's become a lot more commonplace since the Tenants Fees Bill was brought in.

www.creditladder.co.uk/blog/can-a-letting-agent-or-landlord-charge-my-pet-rent

www.theguardian.com/money/2019/sep/03/landlords-pet-rent-ban-unfair-fees

Yankathebear Fri 07-Aug-20 02:35:36

I was in your situation almost ten years ago. It’s horrible, as you say it’s your home even if it’s not your house.
I ended up in shitty accommodation for a year but ended up in my dream home. It’s still rented but it’s so lovely. I’ve been here for almost 9 years and think that maybe our old landlord selling was a good thing. I would never be where I was now if he hadn’t.

Mintjulia Fri 07-Aug-20 02:37:35

So Sorry that is happening. You have every right to be sad.

You don’t know why the LL is selling, he may be in urgent need of funds, redundant, retiring etc. And he has every right to sell.

But that doesn’t alter the fact that you are losing your home.

Homeowners being made redundant are facing the same thing. It isn’t only tenants. It’s not fun for anyone.

slipperywhensparticus Fri 07-Aug-20 02:44:41

Can you move area fir a fresh start not ideal but for a council house moving anywhere is a bonus

There is a website to find council houses

slipperywhensparticus Fri 07-Aug-20 02:46:05

Homes direct!

Anordinarymum Fri 07-Aug-20 03:52:29

Daisy1256

Have lived here with my children nearly a decade. The only home they remember. Got served section 21. Landlord wants to sell. Our home is not ours just like that. Although have three months to get out. Just feel sad. AIBU to think this is a shitty thing to do to families at this time. Just can't help but to feel sad and then angry although I know it was never our house it was our home. So maybe IABU.
So yabu is get over yourself it's your landlords house
Yanbu it was your home for a decade it's okay to be sad.

Just a thought.. if you have lived there all those years then you must have been a good tenant. Are you on good terms with the landlord? If so could he not sell with a tenant in the property?

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