Mom and three kids have to move 200 miles away because ‘greedy landlords’ are raising their rents

Rae Layton may need to relocate from Ponsanooth, Cornwall, some 240 miles to Cardiff, Wales because she has to vacate her rented house by July

Rae Layton and her three children
Rae Layton and her three children

A mother and her three children may be about 200 miles from their school – because that is the nearest emergency shelter.

Evicted from her rented property – her home for 15 years – Rae Layton has only weeks to find another home.

However, this is difficult for her given the high prices and exceptional demand for rental houses in and around Cornwall, her home country.

Speak with living in Cornwallthe mother-of-three, said: “Private landlords have so many applicants and they always pick couples, people without children, people with two incomes. I signed up for Homechoice but it could take ages.

There are a number of signs for landlords in front of the houses



“Yesterday they called me and said the temporary accommodation will be Cardiff or Plymouth. But even then these places are like B&Bs and Premier Inns so I could roam around all the time.

“My eviction date is July 15 and the community worker has told me that my children can consider it a holiday. If it was personal, I would have punched her in the face.”

Cardiff is over 200 miles from Ponsanooth, Cornwall, but Homechoice, Cornwall’s council housing waiting list, had more than 15,000 families as of September 2021.

Rae works in Falmouth, about 15 minutes away, and is happy at her job.

The single mum said: “I work in Falmouth, my children go to school here. Right now my only choice, the only thing I can do, is to send her to the boy’s father in Mawnan Smith.

“My children are my everything. And now I need to be separated, it’s better they have a roof over their heads but I have a 12 year old boy going through teenage hormones and all that and now he needs to be pulled away from his mother.

“It’s just wrong. Everyone in this situation needs help.

“Something really needs to be done. There should be rent caps, locals should be offered real estate before anyone else.

“And landlords should not be greedy. Post Covid, when everyone two had such bad years, this is all happening now.”

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Rae was issued the Section 21 eviction notice last Friday.

But this rising demand and a shortage of public housing have meant that house and rental prices have risen across the country.

A Cornwall Council spokesman said: “Our priority is to keep people safe and we are working hard to find suitable emergency shelter for anyone who needs it.

“We understand the situation some residents are finding themselves in as Cornwall continues to face extreme pressure on housing availability. We do everything we can to keep residents in their own communities.

“The council has set up emergency shelters and is buying and refurbishing homes to provide medium-term temporary accommodation, but the current unprecedented demand means we have to use emergency shelter hotels. In a very limited number of cases we may need to do this at short notice and as a last resort offer accommodation outside of Cornwall.

“We are trying to get people back to Cornwall as soon as possible and are continuing to offer support to help them find long-term homes.”

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