Hello, can someone please help me? I am extremely worried.
My landlord has asked me, my partner and our 3 children to leave our rented property, and given us just over 2 months to leave.
We have no rent arrears, no reason for us to leave. The landlord advised they weren’t selling, just “wanted it back” and would then decide what they would do. I asked if maybe they were moving in, they said no.
The rent in our area for our property is now about £400 a month more than what we are paying now (£700 currently, but around £1,100 now I have checked the market!). I strongly believe this is the reason. Obviously it is their house, and they are within their rights to claim it back. HOWEVER…there are several things I have found out after that I think are very wrong.
My £700 deposit was never put into a landlord deposit scheme. I moved in 7 years ago, but renewed every 6 months. I paid in cash, and this IS written in the tenancy agreement confirmation of receiving this so have evidence.
The notice given isn’t a Section 21. No mention of it, no mention of Section 8 either. Also, given deposit not in a landlords scheme, even if it was on the correct form etc, wouldnt that make it invalid?
No EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) for the property. We have complained a few times about our gas bills being quite high, (I paid £350 for gas alone this month, same as every year and my energy company have contacted me about it being so high) given the conservatory and kitchen are open planned. The conservatory is wooden structure, has holes in some of the woodwork exposing it to outside, parts rotting and also the plastic roof isn’t securely attached. I can get a broom and lift it up without much effort.
If they DID have an EPC, I know it would come back at the worst rating (F or G). Isn’t it illegal for a property to be let with that rating?
I am struggling to find a new home, as I am currently on a temp contract albeit until the end of the year. I will be made permanent as soon as a position comes up, but could be 6 months. All estate agents I have spoken to about suitable homes won’t accept this as income. I am on a good wage. Unfortunately my partner lost his job due to covid and is actively looking for work. My income covers the bills so affordability isnt the issue.
I have registed for local housing, but as not going to be homeless in the next 8 weeks and not got court order, AND notice isnt valid, I don’t have a high priority. Also cant get help with deposit due to my wage, but I have no savings. And I dont think the landlord will give me my deposit back.
There is more I could write, but the above are my main concerns and questions. How do I play this? What do I do? I am writing this in tears as I am really scared as to what I am going to do.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hopefully any responses will help others in the future if they find themselves in the same position.
Thank you x