Around two years ago our rented home fell into dissrepair, we had a flood, the plumber ripped up the lino and left it ripped up, bath panels were broken and left broken, damp was all in the walls, a wooden valance from under the shower was left in the middle of the bathroom with very large nails sticking out of it (I have two small children and can only describe the situation as both dangerous and unhealthy), the house alkso has other issues, kitchen tiles falling off the walls, windows unable to be opened, all the fire prevention tools are ten years or more out of date, damp in almost every room, basically the whole house is literally falling apart.
Two years ago our landlord said he would be taking care of everything, so we waited and paid our rent on time, every time. He asked us to list all the problems in the property, told us there would be a new kitchen, redecorated from top to bottom, windows fixed, basically a complete makeover. There would be a slight rent increase wich we were happy to pay, we were actually extremely happy about all this as we felt we wewre living in what could only be described as a dive and it really was effecting our wellbeing.
4 months ago the builders turned up to give the landlord a quote for all the work, alarm bells started to ring though, the landlord had let his wife deal with everything and she was talking about and I quote ”ripping everything out” and putting in integrated units even though I had just bought a brand new washer dryer and we have our own fridge etc etc. The way she was talking was as if no one actually lived here.
Then a couple of months after that she told us we have to leave, on the 3rd of January, she was quite nasty to my partner and spoke to her with complete thoughtlessness, however she never gave us a section 21. It wasnt until last week when we realised we needed one and asked for it that she gave us one, but the issue date on the letter and the eviction date is less than 2 months.
We might not be able to move on the 3rd of January, we might have to stay until the following week end. We have been informed by our new landlord (our official landlords wife) that the builders will be ”ripping everything out” on the third of January.
I really feel like we have been lied to over the past two years in order to get money from us, they knew they would be evicting us in January months ago but didnt tell us so as to maximise their rent from us, we have been here six years and have paid around 50,000 pounds in cash to these people all of which went to pat their cleaners, again by cash, we have never missed a beat with the rent. Their plan is to turn the place into a holiday let.
So, if we are unable to leave on the 3rd of january, what can they do? And more to the point, what can we do to stop them putting my family and me on the street?