‘I’ve never de­faulted on a pay­ment’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants -

A sin­gle mother who is on ma­ter­nity leave from her job says she is among the ten­ants be­ing evicted by the Wil­sons.

Gemma Jupe was in re­ceipt of hous­ing ben­e­fits when she moved into a prop­erty owned by the Wil­sons in Park Farm in Ash­ford in April.

De­spite this, the care worker says she was as­sured it would not be an is­sue, pro­vided she al­ways paid her rent on time and looked af­ter the prop­erty.

But she was served a Sec­tion 21 no­tice to leave the prop­erty in Novem­ber, nine days af­ter giv­ing birth to her sec­ond daugh­ter.

Miss Jupe, 25, said: “I’m sick­ened by it, it’s re­ally stress­ful, es­pe­cially be­ing on my own. It’s a night­mare.

“I can un­der­stand why he is do­ing it to a de­gree but for ten­ants who’ve never had any prob­lems, they should just let us be. I’ve never de­faulted on a pay­ment and it’s a shame that ev­ery­one has been put in the same boat.

“I’m very for­tu­nate that I’ve got fam­ily I can move in with, but not ev­ery­one has that op­tion.”

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