Ramsgate pensioner facing eviction in just days from home of 44 years

Noel has to leave his home of 44 years

A 76-year-old man is pleading for help as he faces being evicted in just days from his Ramsgate home of 44 years.

Former builder Noel Glass received a ‘no fault’ eviction and has to be out of his Malborough Road flat by June 1.

The pensioner says he has nowhere to go and has been told by Thanet council that there is no available accommodation for him within Thanet – meaning he will have to go outside of the town where he has lived his entire life.

He said: “I have been down (to the council) but they said there is nothing in Thanet, all they can do is find me accommodation out of Thanet.

“I’ve got nowhere to put my possessions and I am really panicking now, I do not want to leave Thanet. I’m just in a pickle.”

Noel’s flat also came furnished so when he does find alternative accommodation he will have no bed, cooker, fridge or other items. He says he also does not have money for a deposit although he may be able to get help from Thanet council’s discretionary fund.

He said: “They told me to try and find some properties and a friend is helping me. I need to find a one bed flat but it is all very upsetting. I just do not know where to turn and I am finding it extremely hard to pack up my stuff.”

Noel, who has suffered chronic back pain for the last 20 years, says his only comfort is playing on his X Box, adding: “It helps me take my mind off the pain.”

He is hoping someone might come forward with a suitable property.

Thanet council say support is available, including emergency accommodation once a possession order is issued by the court – although this may be outside of the district

A council spokesperson said: ”When a private sector tenant receives a section 21 notice from their landlord, it is really important that they contact the council’s Housing Options service as early as possible for advice and assistance.

“If the notice expires within 56 days, we will support them with a personal housing plan, focused on preventing them from becoming homeless. This might involve negotiating with their existing landlord or providing help with rent-in-advance or deposits so that they are able to find a new home.

“When the notice expires, tenants are still protected from eviction until a possession order is issued by the courts. The priority is to prevent cases from reaching this stage, but if they do and emergency accommodation is needed this may need to be out of the Thanet area, depending on what is available at that time.”

The spokesperson added: “In terms of accommodation for single people, we do have one bed flats in our portfolio and when they become available they are let to households from the housing register. This would include any homeless households on the register.”

New regulations, such as those requiring higher ratings on Energy Performance Certificates, are seeing increasing numbers of landlords sell up. This is, in part, due to the costs of making sure a property  EPC ratings are a C instead of D or E.

Earlier this year Thanet council said there had been an increase in demand for social housing, particularly due to the impact of the covid pandemic. Reasons for the need often include relationship and family breakdowns, growing pressures on the private rented sector and increased unemployment which has had a significant impact on people being able to retain accommodation.

Thanet has some 1,638 families on the housing register with an average wait of three years. In February there were 160 households in temporary accommodation and 82 households placed out of the area.

Demand is rising with Thanet council saying an increase in notices to quit being served since October 2021 is likely due to factors including increasing property prices, changes to tax rules, the increase in the conversion of rental accommodation into holiday rental properties and the looming abolition of ‘no fault eviction’ Section 21 notices expected later this year.

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63 Comments

  1. IF he is evicted, the Council HAVE to find him a home. They can’t act until eviction has taken place. It’s the Law.

  2. I not fully understand the law, but I know of someone who had the same problem.
    They refused to move, stopped paying the rent, it took nine Months and three court actions paid for by the landlord .
    Think a notice to quit has to be handed to the tenant and not posted.
    My friend was a good tenant for 30 years paid rent etc but as his landlord played up so did he.
    Any notice that comes by post , read and bin it, do not answer door to anyone not even a child as once its “handed” its taken as received .
    After 44 years the furniture would be no good.
    My advice would be , you want me out , you pay me or spend your money on court costs.

    • You are exactly the reason that there is a shortage of rental properties. What a sorry life you must lead.

      • Your wrong Gru, the reasons why there is not any low rental accommodation is down to Margaret Thatcher! She made it possible for tenants to buy their council homes, at a large discount, but didn’t allow councils to build more homes with the money they received to replace them! The nation needs another massive council house building programme, because the private sector has failed to provide decent low cost housing, especially for the elderly, disabled, or people on low incomes!

        • Dumpton you are spot on thatcher sold this country down the river . What I like to know is what happened to all the money from the houses plus the private sector are to blame because they don’t take any body on benefits. I love my country but I am ashamed of it at the same time.

          • Not the full story about landlords not wanting to take anyone one benefits.
            Firstly, look at the way the Govt designed the Universal Credit system, – its opposed to the private rental market, in that it will only pay benefit in ARREARS. try going into the supermarket and asking if you can take groceries and pay AFTER you’ve eaten them !
            Secondly, the level of Housing benefit has been frozen and doesn’t meet market rent.
            Thirdly, the DWP are incredibly difficult and unhelpful to deal with when landlords try to communicate with them over missed benefit payments, which –
            Fourthly, DWP insist is paid to the tenant, not direct to the landlord.

          • There are plenty of Landlords who have a Buy to Let Mortgage using Housing Benefit to help pay for it! I don’t understand why my taxes are being used to help pay someone else’s mortgage! I know someone who was evicted from his home he rented for years, just before last Christmas, when he was 89 years old!

          • Dumpton, why are your taxes used to support people in social housing? Look deep enough and you’ll find that private landlords are much cheaper to the tax payer in respect of providing housing than the social providers.

      • Thank you. What has happened here a 76 year old man has been paying rent for the past 44 years. I doubt if the landlord ever refused the rent, like don’t give me any for a couple of Months mate, now its a case of bog off I don’t need you anymore , go live on the streets I don’t care.
        Well my advice would be f**k you , ive lined your pockets for 44 years , now I want ???? K to enable me to find a new home , you pay up and i go easy , if not it will cost you more and they will have to carry me out of my home.

        • What a ridicules sense of reasoning you have. Renting doesn’t give you lifetime right to remain. If you rent you should be well aware that you could lose your home if the landlord needs to sell up, which is their right. You don’t know the reason behind the no fault eviction but it might be after 44 years they no longer want the responsibilities. There’s a shortage of rented accommodation and if tenants took your view there would be less.

          • Well said Anne. Many private landlords use the rent to top up the low pensions they get, as it’s better than 0.1% interest from the banks. The government constantly change regulations to make it less profitable, so they need to sell up to live.

  3. This is a all to common situation people are finding them selves in unfortunately it’s getting worse in Thanet as House prices rise and Rental property rises. Plus all the new houses being built but not for the Local people they are priced out of the Market. More should be done to Build more social housing. There is a shortage of one bedroom social housing that down to local planing. We don’t need large houses there are plenty we have older people living in large houses that would love to down size but can’t.

    • I had this myself on a council exchange, I wanted to downsize from a 3 bed house , it took me two years because smaller properties were not available so was still having to pay bedroom tax and nothing I could do about it.
      Trouble with building houses now is they build as many as they can get into a small space.

    • It’s not widely known that lots of new regulation is coming in to the private Rented Sector . Many rental properties are Victorian Edwardian and it’s not always realistic to bring them up to the proposed new standards . These changes are expensive . Many landlords can’t afford to pay for up grades . This means they sell an give tenants notice. Not sure if that’s case hear ?

    • The UK population is increasing at a rapid rate, largely due to immigration, with the current population of 65 million predicted to rise to 85 million by the middle of this century. It would require building the equivalent of a new Birmingham every two years to accommodate this growth and is clearly an impossibility. Hence, housing problems can only get far worse. Sad but true!

    • The difference being that Noel is not in mortal peril, in danger of being bombed to bits or machine gunned to pieces, having watched his wife and daughter being raped.

  4. Maybe to increase noels chances if he meets a lady friend make her pregnant has a baby then this might increase his chance ?? Lots of women do this to get flats / houses ..

    • Bigotry knows no bounds. Let’s use this unfortunate man’s situation to stir up gate against women, girls and refugees fleeing conflict. Anyone else you woukd like to rake aim at?

    • His chances of being rehoused by TDC in Thanet would be no greater and no less, irrespective of his domestic circumstances. If there are no homes available to rent, there are no homes to rent.

  5. I knew somebody would make “if he was an immigrant” comment. Racist and uninformed.

  6. 44 years, could have paid his own mortgage almost twice over, instead he’s paid someone else’s off and 19 years additional on top of it, with nothing to show for it, complete madness. This is the problem with renting, no matter how long, how good at paying the rent you are the legal owner of the property can kick you out.

  7. This is the problem with private renting. This is obviously never your house no matter how long it’s been your home and you can be asked to leave at any time. After all these years the owner has probably died or is elderly themselves and need to change their arrangements. We should never have encouraged private renting on such a large scale, it has caused huge problems in the housing market alone.

    • This may be the case , the owner has died. Being self employed for over 40 years , this happens a lot , whoever owns the property now just wants the money.
      I have seen the “for sale” board go up and the skip outside before the funeral.

  8. How can this be ?? Upsetting and stressing out a gentleman off 76 years of age. He needs sheltered housing in the area where he has lived for 44 years. Moving him away from all he knows is cruel and a disgrace. What the hell is happening ? It’s 2022. He needs help. The weak and vulnerable are always targeted. Could be one of our parents next.

  9. In this case I think if noel is offered anything even outside thanet he should take it .. he can take his xbox with him so at least that will be the same in his life .. I’m sure he will make new friends .. maybe join some local clubs .. when one door closes another opens ..

  10. If he’s been there continuously since 1978 then he would be on a protected tenancy and Section 21 wouldn’t apply. It only applies to tenancies from 1988 onwards. Did Thanet Council not mention that to him??

      • They tell tenants to ignore a legal possession notice and await the court order , so the council already gives legal advice. In addition once a tenant approaches tdc landlord/tenant liason dept so long as they have been issued a valid Sec.21 , it must be said the council is pretty proactive at trying to maintain a tenancy ( not unusual for the council to pay arrears if this is the source of the problem, in the past they have also gifted deposits to tenants looking to secure a property)if disrepair is involved the tenant will be informed of their rights and council will offer to inspect the property. Where the council is unable to assist they’ll direct the tenant to an appropriate agency.

    • Again this is partly a result of all the additional legislation placed on the private rented sector, much of it can be avoided by going the air bnb route. Just as there is a rise of traditional lodgings, a rented room in someones home has few of the requirements a rented property would.

  11. It is shocking that a 76 year old person could be facing homelessness through no fault of his own. Its as if he has been discarded by society and left to die, with no help from the establishment.
    What has happened to our humanity? It’s shameful the way British treat vulnerable people like Noel.

    • Noel is no more or less vulnerable than most people living in privately rented accommodation these days.
      No matter how exemplary a tenant you are you can be chucked out of your home on the whim of the landlord.

  12. This situation if you widen the lens and take a helicopter view will only get worst if we don’t do something about climate change.. if the sea levels rise .. low land will be under water in other parts of the world then the rich countries will have to house the peolpe displaced … so by doing a bit will help the cause .. save the thanet ..

  13. The Reason behind this poor man having to leave his home, is Bojo ( or rather Carrie’s ) infatuation with NetZero and not realising that many of the countries housing is incapable of meeting such energy improvements within anything like a reasonable, or sometimes – any budget.
    Apply such stringent energy efficiency to Rental properties only is going to massively impact Tenants, and its only just begun. !!!

  14. The Reason behind this poor man having to leave his home, is Bojo ( or rather Carrie’s ) infatuation with NetZero and not realising that many of the countries housing is incapable of meeting such energy improvements within anything like a reasonable, or sometimes – any budget.
    Apply such stringent energy efficiency to Rental properties only is going to massively impact Tenants, and its only just begun. !!!

  15. Re – maybe if there wasn’t so many Air B’n B’s there’d be more property for rent.
    Maybe if there was less assault – Taxation and punitive regulation on Private landlords, there’d be more property for rent.

  16. This Gentleman should get legal advice because if he has been in the property for 44 years he could well be a regulated tenant and so cannot be evicted using s21. They would need all facts. Or why not try someone like Shelter who may give free advice

  17. Re – ” no matter how good a tenant, you can be chucked out on a whim by a landlord !! ”
    Catch yourself on man. That’s akin to shops turning good customers away. the only clientele shops turn away are Shop Lifters – same for landlords, who are in the business of providing a service for rent. If rent is being paid and property looked after – happy days, that’s all landlords want.

  18. Dont waste your time listening to promises made by Thanet housing officers or homeless charities. They didn’t help me at all when I was in a similar situation.
    Noel should try my landlord, AMT(SE) based at Sandgate. They helped me find a nice flat that I could afford.

  19. The article says nothing about the reason for the eviction after 44 years the landlord may be in poor health or dead by now
    With property lived in all that time it probably not up to the new incoming property requirements would cost too much or unaffordable for the new owners

    It’s easy to blame landlords for lack off housing
    Successive governments have allowed the sale off council houses and not replaced the stock blame the landlords seems to be a good and popular response

    2015 Osborne brought out section 24 to tax landlords which effectively means you can’t take away your interest only mortgage from rent recieved
    HMRC wants taxation from the rental amount meaning landlord with a mortgage ( minus 20%) has to pay an 80% off mortgage plus tax off the rent the figures in many cases leaves the landlord having to pay out off their own money the difference plus all the new regulation costs
    That’s not taking into accounts maintenance and repairs
    Blame the landlord if they wish to sell lots off rhetoric not enough housing for first time buyers
    From here on in there will be a steady stream off properties for them to buy

    Greedy landlords evicting tenants for holiday letting
    First ask can they afford to be landlord any longer what were their costs when houses came back trashed and needed to be done all over again for the next tenant how many times has the landlord done this for each property how old is the landlord now were things different when deciding to become landlord in first place
    will the next government be a labour one and commrade John Mc Donnell suggestion at last election tenants buying the house at huge discount from the landlord
    the conservative government are already thinking about this with housing associations in England
    if landlord has more than 1 property can they sell them all at once can they afford to with mortgages to pay maybe if they did holiday letting is it easier to sell than with a tenant in situ

    Landlords are not rich people why not go after the low hanging fruit don’t you think landlords are fed up with the rhetoric against them

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