Tenants in court battle against council
Residents in Barnet have launched a court case against their council over plans to introduce a floating warden to sheltered accommodation.
The two tenants, from Hanshaw Drive, Edgware, claim the local authority is in breach of its tenancy agreements.
Campaigners and the council went to court on the same issue in December 2009, with judges ruling in favour of the campaigners - lead by the UK Pensioner’ Strategy Committee.
The following year the council revised the plans - which were then passed by the council’s cabinet in February 2011.
David Young, chairman of the UK Pensioners’ Strategy Committee, is a resident in sheltered accommodation in Barnet and argues that introducing a floating warden could put tenants’ and pensioners’ lives at risk.
The case will be heard at Central London County Court next month and a judge at Barnet County Court ordered that the floating service be delayed until the case is concluded.
A spokesperson for Barnet Council said: ‘This is an interim order and Barnet Homes, as our housing provider, will abide by its terms. The court did not have sufficient time to deal with this case. As this is an ongoing court case it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.’