A WOMAN says her “life has been destroyed” after claiming her landlord tossed her belongings in the street and changed the locks on her home of 15 years.
Heartbroken Jeanette Ross, 61, returned home to her first floor flat in Glasgow on Wednesday night after a neighbour called to tell her about the sudden swoop.
Jeanette was left standing in busy Pollokshaws Road in the city yesterday morning “humiliated and dismayed” as everything she owns lay dumped in the gutter.
She said: “My neighbour phoned me last night when I was out and told me my belongings were outside at the bus stop.
“I came back to see what was happening and saw this – everything I have dumped like rubbish.
“I’ve been here all night and I feel like I’m having a breakdown.
“It’s horrific because everyone passing can see what’s going on and it looks like I’m a bad person. It’s destroyed my life.”
She added: “I’ve been in dispute with my landlord for the last five years because he wouldn’t replace my boiler.
“I told him I was taking him to a tribunal and he said If I do that I guarantee you won’t get back into the house.
“I’m a good tenant and I always pay my rent and I’ve been here for 15 years.
“It’s just me and my cat Coco who is staying with a friend at the moment.
“The last few days he had told me to get out but I asked him about stuff I had to get out of the flat and he hung up the phone on me.”
Locals rallied round to help clear up the area directly outside the home.
It’s understood no laws were broken by the landlord.
But piles of stuff could be seen covering a ten metres stretch with every little thing removed from the property including doors and carpets.
Among those who were lending Jeanette a hand was Gloria Dawson, from Living Rent, the tenants union, who says the cost of living crisis is putting people like Jeanette at risk.
She said: “I live locally and I’m a member of Living Rent and I found out about this through a friend.
“The first thing is this person hasn’t been given dignity as a tenant, they haven’t been supported by their landlord.
“We don’t know what the legal ins and outs are so I can’t comment on that but we know that in Scotland many, many people are struggling to pay their rent because of the cost of living crisis.
“There’s a squeeze on benefits, people are losing their jobs and that’s why it was really important for the Scottish Government to put in a six month temporary freeze on evictions and on raising rents in the private and social rented sector.
“This is a private tenant so she shouldn’t be subjected to this.
“There is an emergency in housing at the moment and people are extremely vulnerable.
“For some it’s not even a case of heating or eating, it’s a case of not heating and not eating.”
As the clean-up operation began, cops appeared on the scene to speak with Jeanette as well as workers from the local authority.
Luckily she does have somewhere to stay thanks to friends and neighbours but there was obvious fury at her treatment.
Pal Frank Sid, 36, who was helping clear up, said: “It’s disgraceful, I have known Jeanette for years andI know she’s been fighting for a new boiler for years.
“Nobody should be treated like this.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called to a report of concern for person at Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, at around 10.35am on Thursday, 29 September 2022.
“Officers attended to provide assistance.”
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