A few weeks ago our landlady died. Her daughters assured us that nothing would change and not to worry. Last Friday the estate agent who looks after the rental side of things informed us that we have to move out as the heirs to the property are selling the house.
The result of this is that we have to look for a new house and move. This requires a lot of time and money for activities such as looking for a house, paying for the move, paperwork for address changes etc. But the main part is that this means we are loosing our home! The one place where one should feel safe.
The Human rights act article 8 says:
Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
Should that not also include the right to stay in a house one has paid rent for every month? Should that not at least give one the right to be compensated for the financial loss one incurs when the owner decides to sell and one has to leave? I am not saying they should not be able to sell this house. But that should not give them the right to make us pay for their decision.
The people who have inherited this house have not done anything to deserve this property besides being physical heirs to the landlady. She would certainly not approve of them selling this house which had been in the family for generations. They have inherited two houses, neither of which they want to live in and which they can sell for nearly £2 million. So, they make a lot of money and we lose. It is as simple as that.