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Evictions resisted in north and south London

Issue No. 2466

Protesters at Sweets Way in Barnet this week

Protesters at Sweets Way in Barnet this week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Sweets Way resists bailiffs

Housing campaigners in Barnet, north London, gathered at the Sweets Way estate on Monday of this week to help the last remaining family there resist eviction.

Landlords together with Barnet council want to replace the estate with something more profitable. They have already sent some of its residents outside London.

But disabled father Mostafa has so far been able to hold the bailiffs off through court proceedings—and they backed down again this week.

Activists have also occupied and redecorated a house that had been emptied and smashed up by the developers. 

After blocking the attempt to evict Mostafa, Sweets Way Resists commented on Twitter, “The bailiffs came. They saw our strength. They left. We didn’t even know they were here! Mostafa remains housed!”

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Six month reprieve in Bromley

Anti-eviction campaigners in Bromley, south east London, celebrated a partial victory on Friday of last week as tenant Paul Rooney was granted a six-month stay by the courts. 

Paul is a diabetic who cares for his disabled daughter Roisin. He faces eviction over council tax debt of just £2,000. 

Activists gathered to defend Paul’s home as he attended court to ward off bailiffs. 

Liberata is the private firm which council tax collection has been outsourced to in Bromley. A representative attending the court identified themselves only as “a contractor, a member of the public” when asked what their interest was in the case. 

Liberata have stacked an incredible £49,000 of legal fees on to Paul’s bill.

Mark Dunk

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