‘They might evict us’: tenants hit by huge UK rent hike

£8,000 per annum; £300 per month; 60%. these are just a few Rent hike demand from private tenants As winter approaches. The alternatives could be eviction, sofa surfing or scrambling for some other place in an overheated market. The fear of homelessness is extremely stressful.

The already expensive housing markets of London and the South-East are worst hit but this is a national problem. In manchester Clara Graziani, 27, a customer service worker, was paying £695 a month for a city center flat until she received an eviction notice in September. Her landlord used the “no fault eviction” process, which the government has repeatedly promised to eliminate, but still hasn’t. Graziani had agreed to pay 8% extra, but then, without explanation, she was evicted.

“They didn’t have to give a reason,” she said. “I was really stressed about the situation.”

An estate agent abandoned the landlord’s plan, in fact to raise the rent to £895 – a 29% increase – and bring someone else in.

“It was really, really hard to find anywhere else,” Graziani said. “When you see a flat on Rightmove, it can be snapped up in two minutes because someone has paid a holding deposit.” Eventually he paid a deposit on a flat without seeing it in person.

When she finally came inside, “some of the rooms smelled of dampness”, she said.

Ygerne Price-Davies, 24, a domestic abuse activist who shares a rented house in the South Londonis facing eviction unless she and her housemates agree to a 13% rent increase.

“We are in talks to challenge the hike but it is not looking very good,” she said. “It is stressful and scary. Because there is so much demand for the property, we feel vulnerable and vulnerable in terms of our bargaining power. They could have evicted us.

The survivors include two teachers, a health assistant and a PhD student. The demand for rent is made more acute by the fact that the house has long been in disrepair, with sewage leaking in the kitchen for two months and mushrooms growing from the ceiling.

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Price-Davies, a member of the London Renters’ Union, said the letting agent laughed when he saw the fungus.

In East London, Jane, a freelancer who lives with her charity worker partner, is facing eviction at any moment. They have refused to pay the 60 per cent increase in the rent of her three-bedroom apartment. It is not just a question of fairness; This is simply intolerable. The rent demand of £3,000 exceeds the couple’s total combined income. The condition of the property is also bad. It is not properly registered as home to multiple businesses, has a leaking roof, a ceiling with rotten decking, leaking faucets, and leaking kitchen cabinets. The landlord said that he was advised by the estate agent that the market rate was much higher than the current rent.

“We’re waiting for the landlord to go to court and send the bailiffs,” Jane said. “We are constantly on edge, not knowing when we will be on the road. this is the first time [me and my partner] Living together and we’ve never been able to relax.

Looking for an alternative requires engaging in “constant bidding wars”. Recently he had to put down a week’s rent on a house as a deposit for the privilege of making the first bid. Yet it turned out that the agent had offered similar arrangements to other people as well. He has not yet received the deposit back.

“Our parents had a three bedroom house, car and kids [by our age] And we can’t afford any of these things,” she said. “When you have 20 to 25 years of work behind you and nothing to show for it, it’s a very depressing situation.”

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