Thames Valley tenants forced out for flat sale
Thames Valley Housing Association’s decision to sell a block of flats used to house non-priority homeless people could leave up to 40 tenants homeless.
The 14,000-home landlord issued section 21 notices to 42 tenants in its Claremont Grove single person shared housing block in Hounslow last month. The notices give residents a minimum of eight weeks to find new homes.
TVH has not offered to re-house tenants in its own accommodation and instead suggested a range of alternatives, including renting in the private rented sector, staying with friends or family, or going on the council housing register. But tenants, many of whom were initially referred to TVH by the council, have said that the sale will leave them with nowhere to go.
‘If we had those options, we wouldn’t have been living here in the first place,’ said Genelle Marques, a 27-year-old who has been living in Claremont Grove for four years.
TVH originally undertook an audit of the block in October 2011 before deciding it was unfit for purpose and issuing eviction notices in March. In a letter to tenants, TVH said the flats ‘were unsuitable for modern-day living’. ‘They are difficult to manage and not up to standard,’ said Howard Dawson, associate director of housing services at TVH.
TVH hopes to sell the flats by the end of the year and will reinvest the proceeds in ‘new affordable housing’.
Mr Dawson added that TVH would be working with Hounslow Council to find Claremont Grove tenants alternative housing.