Compromise urgently needed to protect tenants
Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30
My elderly male friend was visibly agitated. He kept dropping objects, couldn't finish sentences and crumbled up his slice of cake without eating it.
I found him in a state of some distress when I visited him recently in his snug little home - a privately-rented flat where he has lived alone for almost three years. He was well settled in there and happy, after moving to be close to family who could help with caring for him. However, the previous day he had received three months' notice to leave from his landlord.
The reason advanced was that the apartment is needed for a relative. Maybe so. Or possibly the owner believes the place could command a higher rent, and it's cleaner to start afresh in a rising market where tenants far outnumber the properties on offer.