WAnnie Goodwin's hen was given her faultless first eviction notice, she feared. She remembers the time a letter arrived in the post, explaining that she had to leave the property within two months. It happened two days before Christmas Eve.
“The letter came on 22 December… I was told that my landlord needed the property for family members. I had two months to go out in the middle of winter. I went in a full state of shock and I couldn't do anything. I was surprised, ”she says.
Unfair eviction enables private landlords to raise tenants at short notice without any reason. The community secretary, James Brokenshire MP, has announced that the government will consult with new legislation to end the practice.
This is a huge relief for people like Goodwin. The 73-year-old's age – also known as section 21 notice – was evicted without fault – three times in six years. Whenever it happens, Goodwin has gone to stay with her sister-in-law.
“I was 69 when the first eviction occurred and I lived on a small personal pension. I could go into management and I was only in the property for a little over a year when I was evicted. I had no savings, I had no money for a new deposit. I had to make a bunc with my sister-in-law. That is or he lived in the streets, ”says Goodwin.
“I live on partial housing benefit and need to find someone who can benefit from housing; there will be few landlords today. You think: how do I get somewhere else? ”
Goodwin left the property in Abergavenny and eventually found a new house in Gloucestershire County. However, she was only there for a short time before she was told to go again.
“Again instead of getting up on the streets I went to stay with my sister-law. The landlord gave the same reason: they said they needed the property for the family, ”she says.
The third eviction was slightly different, Goodwin explains. She moved to Teignmouth, a large seaside town in Devon. During her tenancy she complained about fan noise running in the café about her apartment.
“I contacted the council and measured the noise and told the coffee owners that they could no longer run the fans. That was when my landlord, who had rented the space, came and said he was going to evict me.
“I had a choice because I had the advice on my side. I could have it and fought it but I thought: do I want to live in this place with this landlord? So again I was looking for somewhere new. ”
There are strands at Goodwin's experiences. “I have a post-traumatic stress disorder linked to all… I got very grim and depressed. It was like, I was, hitting my early 70s and I had no idea even where I lived. I had no control over him.
“I was scared… I couldn't do anything that made me feel stressful. Thank you for my sister's spouse. She told me I could stay as long as I wanted, and I felt safe for the first time. ”
Goodwin says she does not know what she would do if she were not her relative. “I knew I could stay there, calve my wounds and save money while looking for another place. I'm not sure what I would do without it. She was in my life. I never married or had children, so I didn't have children to ask for help. ”
It is not surprising that the planned law change means enough for Goodwin. “It means I can finally be safe… It's like someone who anchors you for where you are. I can now call a house somewhere. I turned 73 this year and I don't want to move again. I'm happy where I am. ”
She says: “It must be a relief for thousands of people. I can't imagine how it is for people with children. I have no dependents. But, if you do, where do you go? What do you do? "
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