Retaliatory eviction at Chapman House
Michael James has lived in Chapman House, Shadwell, for 25 years. Now his private landlord wants to evict him because he reported dangerous conditions in his block to the council, including loose concrete that could fall and kill someone.
Instead of meeting their legal obligations, the landlord wants to evict Michael for standing up for his rights and those of other tenants. The landlord’s agent has also been threatening and intimidating some of Michael’s neighbours, while trying to screw as much rent out of them as possible.
Protest at the council meeting on Wednesday, 6.30pm
The newly elected Tower Hamlets Council will be meeting this Wednesday (11th June). We will be lobbying our Councillors demanding that they support Michael and take action to improve conditions in the private rented sector. Please join us, 6pm at Tower Hamlets Council, Town Hall, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove CrescentMulberry Place, E14 2BG, Poplar (see map). Please help spread the word to your network and by Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
‘I’ve lived here happily since 1989. This is my home and community. I want to carry on living here. But my landlord is only interested in making as much money as possible and isn’t bothered about looking after our block and doing the repairs we’re entitled to.
I know that if I’m evicted, I won’t be the last. People are evicted all the time and therefore tenants are afraid to speak out. But I know I did the right thing. Private tenants need to come together and demand better legislation.’