Housing Association plan to use ground 8 of the Housing Act 1988 to evict tenants
Campaigners are demanding that Councils agree not to evict or take legal action against anyone in arrears due to benefit cuts.
Councillors can side with local residents to oppose these attacks on its own Council Housing Tenants and as the strategic housing authority, also demand local Housing Association landlords do not evict due to benefit cuts.
Housing Association tenants have assured tenancy agreements, that in my opinion makes them less secure and open to the Housing Association using Ground 8 in the agreements to evict However, ground 8 is mandatory, meaning a court will be obliged to grant eviction if eight weeks of arrears have mounted up.
Traditionally associations have used grounds 10 or 11 under the act, which are discretionary and rely on a court making a decision as to the tenant’s circumstance.
Martin Niemöller’s quotation surly makes the case of why the time for resistance as come?
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
(It has been printed in varying forms, referring to diverse groups such as Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Trade Unionists, or Communists depending upon the version.)
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