Landlord threatens to evict family after “crying baby” complaints
Landlord and tenant disputes are not uncommon. But one story, reported by the BBC, shows that disputes should always be handled respectfully and with the assistance of a legal professional.
According to the report, a family living in rented accommodation in London have been “threatened with eviction” after complaints that their baby was crying.
The management firm in charge of looking after the property told the family that they would be given “two weeks” to vacate if the crying continued.
The property manager said neighbours had complained about the family’s two children, both under the age of four, “on a daily basis”.
According to the BBC report, the manager wrote to the family telling them to leave the property.
“We have subsequently liaised with your landlord and are instructed that we are to agree arrangements with you to vacate the property as soon as possible,” it said.
The couple said they were upset that they were being “discriminated against” and posted their disgruntlement on Facebook, which quickly generated thousands of comments of support.
Housing charity Shelter said the landlord did not have grounds to evict the family, unless the dispute was taken to court.
The managing agent, Sheraton Management Ltd, says the family “were in breach of contract as they were causing disturbance to the other occupants of the building… not only relating to noisy children, but also other noise nuisance”.
“Reluctantly, as there was no remission in the problem, it was on this basis that we advised Mrs Wurth that we may be left with no alternative but to serve a notice for possession,” it said.