One mother believes her family was thrown out because they asked the landlord to take care of repairs, including a toilet pipe that leaked sewage into the kitchen.
Morag Meldrum, 53, and her two teenage daughters rented a house in Darlington, Durham County.
On top of the broken toilet pipe, Ms. Meldrum claims the home had leaky ceilings and cracked walls.
The mother had a pact with her landlord – that she would maintain the house – but she claims she did not know how bad the property was.
Mrs Meldrum said: ‘I was aware that it was an old house and it needed work, but not to that extent.
‘My daughter’s bedroom ceiling was diluted almost a year ago. The wall has got really bad moisture, but (the landlord) kept ignoring it.
‘I flushed the toilet and it flushed through the kitchen.’
Ms Meldrum said she has spent hundreds of pounds on the property but it still requires a lot more work.
After complaining about how much had to be arranged in the house, the family got a flawless eviction.
The mother said: ‘I received the termination by post and no other communication at all. It’s pretty shocking and you feel like you did it
The family was given a deadline of 26 May – in the same month as Mrs Meldrum’s daughters’ exams.
Mrs Meldrum applied for an extension, but it was allegedly ignored. She has now found alternative housing for her and her children.
She said: ‘When you complain about maintenance, they just throw you out and
they make a mistake fixing it and getting the next tenant in.
– The blame usually lies with bad tenants. Bad landlords are not getting enough air. ‘
Landlords can evict tenants for no reason with a Section 21 notice.
Certain criteria are required to use a Section 21 deferral. For example, a landlord can not give notice of termination if it is less than four months since the lease started.
But there are not many meaningful rules that protect the tenant with this type of eviction, according to campaigners.
Shelter support officer Chris Moore previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘Section 21 deferrals are the most straightforward, common types you get in the privately hired sector. It is referred to as “no fault eviction” because the landlords do not have to say why they want the property back.
“So whether they want to sell it, move it back to, or shut it down – these are all things they can throw people off without any explanation or proof.”
The government promised to end the postponements in 2019, but this has not yet come into force.
Both the landlord and the real estate agent responsible for the property declined to comment.
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