Wandsworth seeks eviction over riots
A Wandsworth Council tenant whose son has appeared in court charged in connection with Monday night’s disturbances in Clapham Junction will today be served with an eviction notice.
The tenant is believed to be the first in the country to now be facing the prospect of losing their council-owned home as a result of Monday night’s rioting and looting in the capital.
The notice gives warning that the council will be seeking possession of the property and that an application will be made to the courts seeking the tenant’s eviction. The final decision will rest with a judge sitting at the county court.
Neither the tenant nor their son can be named for legal reasons.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: ‘This council will do its utmost to ensure that those who are responsible [for the damage done] pay a proper price for their conduct. Ultimately this could lead to eviction from their homes.
‘Our officers will continue to work with the courts to establish the identities of other council tenants or members of their households as more cases are processed in the coming days and weeks.
‘Most residents on our housing estates are decent law-abiding citizens who will have been sickened at the scenes they witnessed on their TV screens this week. Many will have seen their places of work trashed at the hands of these rioters. As much as anything else we owe it to them to send out a strong signal that this kind of violence will not be tolerated.’