Monday, 20 October 2014

Tenants make way for Clays Lane evictees

Eleven tenants in east London are to be made homeless in order to house residents who are being relocated from the Clays Lane estate, which is being demolished to make way for the 2012 Olympic village.

Eleven tenants in east London are to be made homeless in order to house residents who are being relocated from the Clays Lane estate, which is being demolished to make way for the 2012 Olympic village.

The short life tenants of the 11 homes on the Nags Head estate have been told by their landlord Peabody Trust that they must vacate their homes by the end of November.

A spokesperson for Phoenix Housing Co-operative, one of the organisations managing some of the short life properties, said the tenants were ‘being displaced because of the Olympics'.

But a spokesperson for Peabody Trust said the association had ‘made it clear' to the tenants when they took the tenancies that they would have to vacate the homes after a short period. ‘They were short life tenancies, [the tenants] knew they had to move out,' she said.

Residents of the Clays Lane estate, who are attempting to block the demolition, have obtained documents revealing that contaminated material was buried near their homes (Inside Housing, 4 August).

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