It’s being reported that a so-called ‘rental union’ group of activists has staged a protest outside a landlord’s own home.
Acorn - a group that in the past has held demonstrations inside lettings agents’ offices - has protested outside the London home of a landlord who owns an investment property in Bristol.
The landlord is allegedly seeking to evict two tenants from the Bristol property; the tenants - according to Acorn - received their eviction notice after complaining about damp in the property.
There is no independent verification of the timing of the notice in relation to the complaint, nor whether there was any connection between the two.
One of the tenants, quoted in the Morning Star newspaper, says: “All we want is for [the landlord] to meet with us and see that we are human beings whose mental and physical health have taken a toll due to her treatment, compensation for the time I couldn’t sleep in my own bed, and to not be evicted in the middle of a pandemic.”
The newspaper claims the tenant describes her accommodation as “unliveable” during lockdown because of the damp, but complaints were either “ignored or made fun of.”
Acorn claims there has been a “huge increase” in Section 21 notices since the government’s temporary ban on evictions came to an end in September and is campaigning to scrap them.
On Twitter the protest group showed seven masked protesters with their fists clenched outside a property.
The group’s many tweets on the subject included one threatening: “Unless she [the landlord] agrees to meet with us to discuss our demands, and with a fast-developing London Acorn group becoming active, this will not be the last she hears from us.”