Friday, 30 September 2016

Tenant evicted for gas safety check snub

A social housing tenant has been evicted from her home for not allowing maintenance workers to carry out gas safety checks.

Claire Gardner, 35, was evicted from her one-bedroom flat in Kirkby on 6 October after a court granted a possession order.

Landlord, Knowsley Housing Trust said its officers called at the flat eight times in February and March but were met with no response.

She was served with a notice seeking possession but still did not respond, leading to a court summons being issued.

Ms Gardner did not attend the hearing and a possession order was granted giving her two weeks to leave her home.

Terry Bonner, operational director of landlord services at KHT, said: ‘At no time throughout the whole process or in the earlier court actions taken by KHT has Miss Gardner ever engaged with officers, responded to letters or attended at court.

‘We have a legal obligation to carry out these vital checks and make sure there are no problems with the gas supply.

‘In the end KHT was left with no option and eviction was necessary to ensure her safety and the safety of other residents in the area.’

A KHT spokesperson said Miss Gardner was not present at the property when the eviction was carried out and that the home was in poor condition with mail piled up by the front door.

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