Mother, 64, thrown out of apartment she has rented for 25 years, may be homeless as she can not afford London prices

A 64-year-old woman says she is facing homelessness after being evicted from her home in north London, she has rented for 25 years and she is struggling to find a place to live at an affordable price.

Angela Elliott was left totally shocked after her landlady informed her that she wanted to build an attic conversion over the two-bedroom property and sell up.

Mother-in-law wrote on a local Facebook group after finding herself priced from other rentals in the area, saying she could no longer afford to stay in Crouch End after living there for 27 years.

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Angela was notified of her one-bedroom apartment and has struggled to find another place to stay that matches the £ 1,100 rent she paid.

Postponement of rental housing was banned during the pandemic

“I was very shocked, it was a real blow to the stomach, it was not expected and it also came so quickly after Covid,” she said.

“To have to leave a place where I would have been so long and brought my son up here if it had been my choice to leave; no problem, but it’s as if I have been forced to leave it now “It’s very disturbing.”

Angela, who still works for a construction company, has described her ‘catch-22’ situation, where she needs to be able to travel to and from her job in London, for fear that if she is forced to move out, she will be unemployed and homeless.

She added: “If I move from London, I can not really do my job, then I am without income, who will hire me as a 64-year-old?”

Angela, a long-term tenant, had been on a rolling, long-term lease with her landlady, who had only put the rent up once during her 25-year lease. She does not blame her for the postponement and says she has been “very fair” over the years.

After moving into her apartment in 1996, she was not entitled to any legal protection as a sitting tenant, which protects long-term tenants, making it difficult for them to be evicted.

“When I tell people that I have rented an apartment for 25 years, people get shocked,” she added.

Angela says she was priced out of the rental market when she was looking for an apartment

The mother, who fears she is too close to retirement age to find another job, has described the impact on her mental health, saying the situation’s stress and not finding a tenancy she could afford had left her at her lowest. .

“I’ve had mornings where I woke up thinking I would not be here anymore,” she said.

Angela, who moved to the area as a single parent with her young son, said she could not afford to buy a property on her own and survived on income support and housing benefit to cover rent, bills and food.

“If you’re a single parent, you can never afford to buy anywhere,” Angela said. “I was a single parent on income support, who will give me a mortgage?”

Following the announcement of her eviction, she began looking for apartments and properties, looking at areas further out, but says she was shocked by the condition of the available properties and the cost.

She has described finding very little in the market and fierce competition for leases, often with four or five people queuing to see the same property.

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Angela also put her name on Haringey’s housing list, but is not eligible for housing association support as she is still working.

“You reach sixty, realize that you do not have a (private) pension, do not have a savings or own your own property, but still have a job, to perform that work you must live within a reasonable distance,” Angela added .

She has also been in contact with homeless charities, but says she has just been told to talk to her local authority. The situation has made her feel worried about the future,

She said, “What do I do in the future? I’m 64 if my job ends or I retire or something happens and I can no longer work, where should I be, what should happen to me?”

After sharing her situation on social media, she says she has received an overwhelming response from the local community, including support from local Labor MP Catherine West.

Angela has applied for an Almshouse in Haringey, charities that offer housing to people over 55 who meet the criteria for rehousing; she is currently awaiting the outcome of her application.

She believes that housing and homelessness are problems that also affect people in her generation and that they are not getting enough attention.

Angela said: “It feels like there’s a group of people falling through the net, I’m not the only person going through this, there will be other people fighting.”

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