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Challenging evictions and repossessions

Issue No. 2123

Ray Holmes

Ray Holmes

More and more people risk losing their homes through repossession or eviction due to the looming recession.

One in 150 homeowners are now three months or more behind on their mortgage repayments.

In the three months up to June this year, court orders for mortgage repossessions rose to 28,568 – 24 percent more than in the same period last year. People renting are also at risk of losing their homes.

But it is possible to fight evictions and win. Ray Holmes is a socialist councillor in Bolsover, Derbyshire, who is campaigning against evictions in the town.

Ray told Socialist Worker, “In the last two months we’ve had seven evictions in Bolsover, which is a lot higher than usual. Some are council tenants and others are renting from private landlords.

“People are in a state of complete fear about losing their homes.

“I’ve built up a relationship with the Mansfield Unemployed Workers’ Centre. I take my constituents’ cases there and we liaise with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

“Over the last 15 months we’ve won around 11 court cases – that’s around 30 people saved from homelessness.

“I’ve got people ringing me up from all over asking for help. More and more people are seeing that if you put up a challenge, you have a good chance of winning.

“There are 3,000 people on the waiting list for council housing in Bolsover and only 600 council houses. I’m campaigning for the council to demand the right to build council housing.”

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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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