Renters too scared of ‘revenge eviction’ to complain
Got a leaky tap? Roof caving in? Are your carpets emanating Eau de Dead Rat? Generally living in squalor?
Well, many tenants who have approached their landlords about repairs haven’t just been getting short shrift – they’ve been slapped with eviction notices for daring to speak out.
According to a survey by Shelter, tenants are increasingly suffering ‘revenge evictions’ after asking for repairs or help from their landlords. The survey asked 4,500 private renters about evictions and the amount of people who had been evicted for complaining was one in 50 (2%).
If multiplied over the whole of the UK, that amounts to over 200,000 people who have been given their marching orders just for asking for home improvements.
8% of those asked said they were too scared to approach their landlord about repairs. The survey also painted a gloomy picture of the state of rental properties in general, with 41% of tenants complaining of mould, a quarter dealing with leaking windows and roofs, and 16% living with dodgy wiring.
Shelter are so flabberghasted by the state of rental property and the amount of revenge evictions that they’ve launched an online campaign for new laws to protect tenants.
Sign it here and show those nasty, rogue landlords what for.
Then go and scrape those mushrooms off your windowsill.