Evicted after mum’s funeral

Jared Castle is facing eviction after his mum’s death, the sole tenant on their property’s tenancy agreement. Photo: Chris Callinan.

He lost both his parents within a month of each other, and now a young Tauranga man is facing the prospect of becoming homeless.

Jared Castle was still mourning his mother's passing when the landlord visited with an eviction notice.

“Two or three days after my mum passed, the landlord came around and gave me 21 days' notice,” says Jared.

“Mum was the sole tenant, so I was trying to get a new tenancy agreement, or pay more, but they said they want to subdivide the section and tear the house down.”

The 24-year-old says he's lived in the house for more than 10 years with his parents, and their landlord-tenant relationship has always been fine.

“We didn't really have any contact with the landlord until now. We've never had any complaints.”

He now has less than two weeks left before he has to be out. Not only does he have to find somewhere new to live, but he has to store furniture and belongings too.

“My Nan passed here, and my dad too. So I've got three people's worth of belongings here I need to move, on top of everything else. It's just too much to deal with all at once. I'm just trying to get my life back together, and then this happens.”

According to the Tenancy Services website, if there is only one tenant named on a tenancy agreement and they die, a landlord is only required to give 21 days' notice, as opposed to the usual 90 days.

Jared says he's not opposed to the landlord ending the tenancy – he just would have liked a little more breathing space.

“It's not like I was planning on staying – too many people have passed here – but it's not enough time to pack everything up.”

He has some family who can help and support him, “but nothing set in stone”.

SunLive has contact the landlord and is awaiting a response.



Posted on 17-02-2017 07:44 | By Jimmy

is there not 2 sides to this, try reading the Herald story yesterday and get a clearer picture on who is actually living in the house!,

Where is compassion

Posted on 17-02-2017 06:45 | By freedomkiwis

This is awful. This poor young man at 21 days will probably still be sorting out all the legalities of his mothers passing eg closing accounts, following up creditors etc etc and his loss will still be so very raw. Surely this landlord can wait the 90 days. Where is his compassion?

They say things happen in three

Posted on 16-02-2017 13:50 | By Angel74

this young man has had enough negative to last him out, may alot of positive come his way soon.All the best for the future Jared.

I hope some people

Posted on 16-02-2017 11:18 | By tish

can help this young man with some safe dry storage space and somewhere to live.


Posted on 16-02-2017 08:55 | By sangrae

no compassion what so ever,its the likes of this person who gives the rest of us a bad name, think again buddy give this young man some leeway ie 90 days.

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