Anti-eviction campaigners have confronted two landlords over an alleged planned eviction.
Members of the Living Rent tenants union are pictured by the media outside the home of the married landlords at Balloch, Scotland, as part of a so-called Day of Action in defence of tenants allegedly facing eviction before Christmas.
The unnamed landlords, and letting agency Martin & Co, are reported to be preparing to evict the family on November 30 from a property in Bathgate, West Lothian.
One activist from the campaign group is quoted as saying: “The landlord and letting agency are threatening our member’s family with a disruptive Christmas, so today we’re celebrating Christmas early and disrupting their business until they agree to our demands.”
The tenant is named as Lorraine Robinson-Moseley, who has a son with severe autism, hyperacusis and sensory processing issues.
She is quoted as saying: “With my son’s conditions, it has taken us so long to find a suitable home and feel accepted. All we are asking for is a delay to the eviction to ensure my son’s new home will be ready for him. This is his future we are talking about here. Eviction will cause him extreme emotional distress. This eviction needs to be overturned.”
There has been no independent verification of the apparent eviction threat; Landlord Today has asked Martin & Co for its comment.
The Scottish protesters have followed the path of another rental union, Acorn, which last month protested outside the London home of a landlord who owns an investment property in Bristol.
The landlord was allegedly seeking to evict two tenants from the Bristol property; the tenants - according to Acorn - received their eviction notice after complaining about damp in the property. You can see our report on that story here.