Housing activists hope to mobilise an army of volunteers around the country, ready to fight evictions after the ban ends on 31st May.

Momentum kicked off its campaign with a day of action at the weekend when protestors picketed landlords and agents’ offices demanding they commit to not evicting tenants during the pandemic.

As part of Momentum’s Eviction Resistance campaign, action groups in Southend, London, Loughborough, Bradford and Shipley held socially distanced protests against what they labelled a “rigged housing system” and have vowed not to stop until their demands are met.

The protests came after Momentum activists wrote to major landlords in their areas, requesting they sign up to the pledge.

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Housing companies such as Uncle Living and billionaire property-owner John Christodoulou “refused or failed to reply” according to activists.

September extension

Momentum’s new housing campaign is working to build a social movement to extend the eviction ban in England and Wales until September 2021, legislate to force landlords to forgive all rent arrears accumulated during the pandemic – with means tested financial support to compensate small landlords where necessary – and an end to Section 21 evictions.

Jennifer Forbes, a member of its national coordinating group, told Tribune: “We’ve got a couple of weeks before the ban lifts to build an army of organisers across the country.

It’s the tireless work of people on the ground which will make the difference between success and failure. By knocking on doors, by getting rooted in your community, by mobilising your friends and family, by running your local campaign, you can help turn the tide.” 

She added: “To stop evictions we need organisers spread across all parts of England and Wales, ready to mobilise when the ban is lifted.” 

Read more about the most recent evictions ban.

PIC Credit: Momentum via Twitter.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Their philosophy seems to be to rob Peter to pay Paul. If someone is not paying the rent, then why should the landlord be ‘personally’ footing the bill? It should be the state paying for this. The Government has stopped the eviction and they should be responsible for making good on arrears.

    There is a big difference between can’t pay and won’t pay.

    I have a tenant who loves her home, but is faced with a huge amount of ASB from a neighbouring tenant. Their landlady is aware of her problem tenants, but her hands are tied due to the Courts. My tenant has already been threatened. The Government wants to get rid of Section 21. My tenant does n’t want to make a written statement about all the problems. She will threats from the neighbours.

    Is it fair? My tenant who is the victim of ASB will be forced out her home, rather then the problems tenant having to move out. Even if a find a new tenant, they will face the same ASB issues.

    I only wish members of Momentum lived next to problem tenants.

  2. Will the mortgage lenders likewise forgive the LL’s debt? Of course not.
    When will people learn that a contract is a contract, and that applies to everyone? When will our legal system uphold the law and stop waiving it for certain sectors of society. This country is becoming lawless.

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