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London landlords prepare for evictions

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Issue 2352
Campaigning in Liverpool

Campaigning in Liverpool (Pic: Socialist Worker)

People who fall into rent arrears thanks to the Tories’ bedroom tax and benefit cap could face eviction. 

And landlords in London—where the benefit cap will hit the hardest—are already making preparations.

Genesis Housing in Haringey, north London, last week sent letters to 57 tenants. They are people placed in temporary accommodation for homeless people by Haringey council. 

It said that changes to the benefits system meant some tenants would be unable to keep up with the rent. 

Genesis’ advertising says “renting shouldn’t mean packing up every year.” But it is seeking possession orders so that it would be able to get eviction warrants more quickly.

Haringey is one of four test boroughs where the benefit cap was introduced last month. 

Now it has now come to light that housing associations in other parts of London—including A2 Dominion and Newlon—are doing the same thing months in advance.

Campaigners were set to protest outside Genesis’ headquarters on Thursday of this week.

Protest Thursday 9 May, 8am, Genesis head office, Capital House, 25 Chapel Street, London NW1 5DT

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