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We have lived in our current house for 3 and a half years now
We are very good tenants, even though I do say so myself.
We pay our rent on time. We keep the house and garden clean and tidy. We don’t have pets, apart from a small fish tank although even that could cause an amount of damage, and we haven’t decorated in garish colours. In fact, I check with our landlords before we put up shelves, and blinds – which we will leave behind when we move.
That said, we were evicted from our previous home
People gasp when you say that. People assume you are only evicted if you do something terrible like have parties all night, trash the house or don’t pay the rent. If you are a landlord that would be your worst nightmare and you would no doubt have insurance to cover at least an element of that. It’s important that you compare landlord insurance, you should check the price and the cover to make sure you have adequate protection for your precious property.
I digress, people assume that evicted people “deserved” it in some way. Even people who are being evicted can’t believe it is happening to them but I assure you, even after 7 years of paying rent on time and playing by the rules it can happen to you.
It was quite a shock as you can imagine. We had a young child and a baby at the time and received a phone call telling us that our landlord wished to sell her property and gave us 3 months notice. There was no flexibility either, we found a house between month 2 and 3 and they would not let us out of the contract even two weeks early, they got every last penny out of us. That said we moved from a small 2 bedroom property to a 3 bedroom property just a five minute walk down the road for the same rental.
Sometimes, these things really do happen for a reason and, as it turned out, we were eventually much happier in our new home. Obviously the initial outlay was expensive, it was before agents fees were abolished, plus we had to pay for someone to help us move but, over 3 years in and we love it here. It’s always sad to say goodbye to your first family home, the home you took your babies to after they were born but new memories can be made anywhere.
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