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Stand by for weekend of protests by anti-eviction campaigners

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is staging a series of protests this weekend targeting landlords and agents.

Tomorrow some of its supporters will hold a series of socially distanced protests targeting what they call “the big landlords” in each area, demanding they commit to not evicting tenants during the pandemic.

The landlords and agents are in Southend, Tower Hamlets, Ealing, Loughborough and Charnwood, Lewisham, Catford and Bromley, Southwark and Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, and Bradford and Shipley.

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This is part of Momentum’s Eviction Resistance campaign, supporting principles put forward by Jennifer Forbes, a member of the national coordinating group of Momentum - the Labour grassroots movement closely identified with the former party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

 

 

Forbes has written an article for left-wing newspaper Tribune calling for the creation of “an army of organisers” to oppose evictions. She says the eviction issue can be used to “win people over through solidarity and collective action, and start to rebuild a mass working class base for the British socialist left.”

On a national level Momentum’s campaign is demanding no evictions during the pandemic, the cancellation if all pandemic-related rent debt, and scrapping section 21 evictions which it calls ‘no fault' evictions 

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  • David Lester

    Mob rule, wait until they get their CCJ's no credit!

    Theodor Cable

    And if it is me holding the CCJ, I will NEVER leave it until it is paid. In full.
    I will chase them to the end of the world.
    And I hope the CCJ means their financial credibility will be ZERO.
    And serves them right.

    And even a week of non payment will called for in the CCJ too. Not a penny will be stolen from me.

     
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    I would love to see some real data on no fault evictions . Probably single figures. Nobody wants to see a good tenant leave.

  • Fredy Jones

    So there must now be some who have lived rent free for over a year, and it’s looking like at least another year?

  • Philip Drake

    The S21s issue could be reduced, if Councils simply paid the rent direct to landlords.

    If a tenant cannot afford to pay the rent, landlord takes tenant to court, the eviction happens and the council finds housing sometimes via a more expensive B&B.

    By the council simply paying the rent then all of the above upheaval, angst of all parties, judicial process costs are avoided. The tenant remains where they are so little upheaval to their lives; the landlord is paid the rent and can pay their mortgage; extra judicial process costs are avoided. Seems like a win-win in the majority of cases.
    There will be a minority of really bad tenants and possibly some rogue landlords left in a bad place, but these can go down the current route.

    When the tenant leaves, in due course, perhaps when a council house has been located, then the council funds the refurb back to the original condition.

    Social housing is the responsibility of the council. We all pay taxes to fund the social care.

    Currently landlords are paying their taxes and also having to fund the mortgage payments, the judicial process fees and the refurbishment costs as well.

    The councils are trying to avoid their social housing duties, and costs, by delaying the eviction until due process has been performed. However this action leads to increased costs due to the judicial process costs and eventual unnecessary emergency housing costs. Additionally the landlord has a void whilst the refurbishment takes place and a new tenant found, which puts the landlord under further financial hardship.

    So the silo approach by the council means that the local council social housing cost is reduced, but the central government costs go up by more.

    So overall the current approach to the issue seems to be wasting public money, causing social distress and general unrest.

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