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STOP BRANCHES HOSTEL EVICTIONS 13/2/2017

Three residents (One man and two women) from the Branches Hostel in Forest Road, Walthamstow in London, have been evicted without getting the support they say had been assured by the hostel..

All three residents went to Walthamstow Housing to register as homeless. Two of the evicted residents (both women) were told to go to St Mungos for advice at Walthamstow YMCA. This would not necessarily result in a place to live, they were just going to be assessed.

All three are now uncertain what will happen, or what help they may get. Osmond James had already been on the streets before going to Branches. He is also concerned that he will be moved out of the area and lose contact with all his support services.




BUTTERFIELDS RESIDENTS TURN THE TABLES ON THEIR LANDLORD 3/7/2016
Butterfields residents fed up with the strong armed tactics of their new landlord (Butterfields E17 Ltd), decide to use the same tactics to get their message across.

On Fathers day the landlords representatives turned up unannounced at people’s homes to give them notices to quit that had already been posted and delivered. One operative of the landlords agents was filming this activity from the street.

Furious at this intimidation, residents visit one of their landlords homes, Jasbir Singh Jumat, which turns out to be much more luxurious than the homes he is trying to evict the residents from, while he pushes ahead in order to cash in on his tenants misfortune.





“HOM£SICK” EVICTING PEOPLE (2016)
 During 2015 almost 150 families were evicted from the 'Sweets Way' estate in Barnet, north London. Children being displaced with their parents, relatives and guardians. Losing contact with friends, school-mates and support services as they are forcefully moved to different boroughs, or even out of London altogether, traveling miles in order to continue going to their jobs, or schools in Barnet. For many the upheaval and distress continues in 2016. This is a snapshot of the initial consequences on people of what is 'Gentrification' and 'Social Cleansing', where those with very little are treated contemptibly by those who only wish to acquire more then they will ever need.

Part 1 of “HOM£SICK” is in the ‘homelessness’ category.




63 FAMILIES UNDER THREAT OF FORCED EVICTION 12/3/2016
Without residents being notified the charity Glasspool sold off 63 properties at Butterfields E17 in Walthamstow last year. The properties were bought by a private company 'Butterfields E17 Ltd' apparently solely set up for the purchase and sale of these occupied homes in a quiet street off Lea Bridge Road. Evictions are due to start at the end of this month (March 2016), with eviction notices being sent out with only weeks to go before the evictions are due to start, disrupting and displacing families on low incomes with little chance of council homes, or able to afford the local high market rents. Walthamstow is rapidly becoming another victim in the process known as gentrification, where property is seen as a money maker, and people just an inconvenience that get in the way of that aim. Tenants have now set up a Residents Association to help resist the evictions. They are adamant that they 'Won't budge'.




SWEETS WAY - THE FINAL EVICTION (SEPTEMBER 2015)
Starting with a visit to Barnet Homes (on 14/9/2015) by the last remaining Resident on Sweets Way Estate, Mostafa Aliverdipour, as he delivers a 33,000 signature petition supporting his family’s need for suitable alternative accommodation from that offered by Barnet Homes.

Continuing on 24/9/2015 as the final forced eviction begins while supporters’ resistance takes place, trying to prevent Mostafa's forced removal. The resistance resulted in 11 supporters being arrested.

At this time Mostafa is still fighting to be housed by Barnet Homes and his family has effectively been homeless since the eviction in September.




SWEETS WAY EVICTIONS 16-17/2/2015
Tucked away off Frien Barnet Lane, Sweets Way estate housed in the region of 160+ households. Most housed via the council with a smaller number renting privately. The land and estate, owned by the MOD and originally intended to house military personnel, is to be sold.

Started on the 9th February and due to be completed by 23rd February, the lightning set of evictions and property clearances are leaving families in chaos and confusion whilst they are displaced. Families are being offered mostly temporary emergency housing, but not in Barnet. Relocations have reportedly included areas like Enfield, Waltham Forest, Westminster, Essex and Luton.

A number of residents are Kurdish and Turkish refugees who have already suffered trauma. Many of the children from Sweets Way estate now have to consider whether to change schools, or spend hours on public transport to reach their schools, and friends in Barnet.

Families have lost almost all their belongings because they have nowhere, and no money, to store them. From a 2 to 4 bedroom home to a single room in a hostel leaves little room for any furniture, or practical items like washing machine, fridge, cooker.

Residents reported that Barnet council had allowed families to keep their furniture and valuables in the homes after their evictions, so they could find storage space, but the properties were then robbed and the items stored were stolen.

Families are expected to wait until their eviction before they approach the council for rehousing, to find out what type of accommodation will be available for them, leaving them in extremely precarious stressful circumstances with no assurances of adequate help.

This is however a London wide problem for residents - not solely a local problem in the Tory borough of Barnet - as property prices continue to rise and 'land grabs' continue, to build more expensive and profitable private housing. The concept of 'social housing' or 'affordable housing' rapidly becoming a quaint memory.




ANTI-SOCIAL CENTRE EVICTION, OCCUPATION, EVICTION 27/11/2014
The Anti-Social Centre was an occupied building in Bloomsbury, London, WC1. It consisted of two empty properties in Guildford Street which had been used to house nursing staff. Since cuts to the NHS these properties were sold off and had remained empty for a few years, falling into a state of disrepair.

Occupied in September 2014 and turned into a social space, to be used for the benefit of individuals and groups as meeting places. The occupation of the buildings became known as the 'Anti-Social Centre'.

On the 27th November the occupiers of Guildford Street prepared to be evicted by court Bailiffs. The occupiers plan was to pre-empt the eviction by moving to other empty buildings in nearby Argyle Street. These were three empty houses that belonged to the social housing landlord, that had allowed the properties to remain empty for some time despite the need for homes in the area.




VULNERABLE MAN EVICTED BY PRIVATE LANDLORD 10/4/2014
Campaigners in West Hampstead take on the bailiffs and police to try prevent the eviction of a vulnerable man (Mark) from his home. Despite assurances from the police that Mark would not be left homeless, Camden council refused to help Mark once he arrived at the councils housing office (after eviction). There were 14 arrests, but it is currently unclear if there have been charges brought against any of the 14.




ATTEMPTED EVICTION OF PREGNANT MOTHER 21/3/2014
Collective action (involving neighbours and supporters) prevents bailiffs from evicting a pregnant mother from a Westminster council property - for the third time.




CONNAUGHT HOUSE EVICTION 2-11/3/2013
In an affluent leafy suburb of North London is Connaught House. Unlike the financial trend in the area, Connaught House is populated by low income households.

The estate is on land owned by the Metropolitan Police. The Met Police now wants to sell the land, citing budgetary reasons. However, residents claim the Police have wanted to move them out since 2003.

Residents in Connaught Estate, some housed by the Council and others renting privately, were notified again (in 2006) that the Met Police still intended to evict them (in December 2012)..

Some of those housed at Connaught House by the Council would get some help with finding new properties, but those renting privately would get limited, or no support.

Local Authorities do not have an automatic duty to house all tenants. Residents can only start the process of making an application for the housing list at the time of, or near to eviction (28 days). It makes no difference how long a resident may be aware of an impending eviction.

Residents say the community that has been built at the estate is now being torn apart, with many tenants left to fend for themselves. Tenants also alleged that they had been threatened about speaking out.




FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DALE FARM EVICTION (LONDON) 19/10/2012
Travellers and supporters (Travellers Solidarity Network) congregate at Victoria Station in London, to march a short distance to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Their grievance, not only that 83 people were made homeless when Dale Farm was forcefully and aggressively evicted, but many other individuals, families and communities have faced the same treatment over the years.

The Dept for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles MP) have changed policies that remove the duty of local authorities to provide traveller sites and instead have increased powers to evict travellers.

Campaigners say that “Dale Farm is only the biggest example of the cycle of evictions, racism and harassment that Travellers face on a daily basis.

“Their close-nit community has been destroyed by bulldozers and their former home has filled with stagnant water, sewage and toxic material, whilst residents have struggled to survive without electricity and running water.

“The state is proactively criminalising the travelling way of life, forcing many families into 'bricks and mortar' accommodation against their will.”

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