We got kicked out of the house with our three kids because our landlord didn’t want to fix it

One COUPLE says they are being forced out of their home with their three kids when their landlord refuses to make repairs.

Claire Wanless, 29, and her partner Gary Dormer, 44, say their three-bed Liverpool home is full of mold – even the remains of a cannabis farm in the loft.

Claire and Gary say they're being forced out of their three-bed house


Claire and Gary say they’re being forced out of their three-bed houseCredit: Mirrorpix
The couple say there's what remains of a cannabis farm in their loft


The couple say there’s what remains of a cannabis farm in their loftCredit: Mirrorpix

The couple spent £600 a month renting the house but in November they said they had received an eviction notice after complaining about the condition of the property.

The mother of three Claire said to Mirror: “The first thing I noticed was a leaky sink.

“There is black mold on the back, when washing dishes, it stinks.

“Then the loft was wrapped in plastic bags, with piles of dirt.

“Police confirmed this was a cannabis farm. Most of it is still there to this day.”

Instead of making the necessary repairs, Claire and Gary say their landlord is using the loophole to evict them from their home.

“A light in my daughter’s bedroom wasn’t working so we were told not to touch it,” Claire added.

“We reported it through the proper channels but after seven months of little or no repair I had enough, so I consulted with an attorney.

“That’s when I found out the evictions were not at fault. The mistress had the power to kick us out.”

“We don’t have any families that can take us in, so we won’t have anywhere to go.”

Claire and Gary say they’re fighting eviction notices and have even offered to do some repairs themselves – but worry that bailiffs might show up on their doorstep.

This happens when the rules for tenants are set to change – including no-fault evictions anymore.

The changes this month were revealed in the government’s Upgrade White Paper and include new regulations affecting Britons living in privately rented accommodation.

White papers are policy documents that lay out what the Government intends to write into law, and open up the plan for oversight by other MPs.

It doesn’t necessarily mean it will be put into law this year as there are several stages of debate it will have to go through first.


But it means we’re one step closer to rolling out more rights to lessors.

From cracking down on rogue landlords to ensuring families are living in better quality homes, the regulatory changes aim to better protect millions of renters.

Families will be given more protections to stay in their homes after a rule allowing landlords to evict their tenants – even if they did nothing wrong – was repealed.

The Section 21 “no-fault eviction” rule means that your landlord doesn’t need a reason to evict you from their home.

But that law has now been broken, “putting an end to the injustice where tenants can be evicted for no reason”, it was announced earlier this week.

It will give tenants more confidence that their home is theirs in the long run and should allow them to complain if something goes wrong without fear of being evicted from their home.

The government has been consulting on scrapping the controversial rule since as early as 2019. We got kicked out of the house with our three kids because our landlord didn’t want to fix it


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