Barham Park Estate Regeneration Petition; please sign up today!

Forty-two addresses on the Barham Park Estate have recently been served with unnecessary “Notice to Quit” orders. All the properties are one- and three-bedroom short-let flats subcontracted from Brent Housing Partnership by the registered social landlord Brent Community Housing as part of the Phase 3 regeneration plan for the Estate. The landlord is expecting the properties to become vacant on either the 11th August or 18th August 2014. (This latter date has been given to a Brent Community Housing subcontractor, the 476 Housing Co-operative.).

The affected tenants regard these NTQs as being unnecessarily premature. Viewing the Council’s regeneration plans, and from discussion with the contractors and others involved in the proposed scheme that it seems Phase 3 is unlikely to start for at least six months. The Council’s website states that the current building under construction, Phase 2C, is not due to become occupied until “Early in 2015”  To date it has been usual to start to move tenants into the new builds prior to initiating the next demolition schedule.

These pictures are of Phase 2C of the Barham Park Estate regeneration plan and were taken at 3pm today.

These pictures are of Phase 2C of the Barham Park Estate regeneration plan and were taken at 3pm today.

In addition to forcing a large number of young single people to seek alternative accommodation, which will impact on the council’s Housing Options Team, this early decanting process would also seem to potentially lose the Council substantial rental income, plus service charges and council tax payments.

The residents are also concerned about their neighbours who have council tenancies and await rehousing; as the affected tenants have started to gather signatories for their petition asking for the Local Authority to intervene, the few remaining council tenants have already expressed their worries that leaving properties empty will encourage anti-social behaviour from outside elements. These concerns have been increased since the Tenants’ and Residents’ Association has been informed that the Estate Regeneration Office, the first point of contact with the Local Authority is scheduled for closure in September 2014.

In total the number of occupied flats, including the three assigned to the Estates Office and a currently empty single property, will be reduced from sixty-seven to twenty-one.

Ready for tenants to move into? Maybe in six months... maybe longer.

Ready for tenants to move into? Maybe in six months… maybe longer.

 

Residents from all parts of the Estate, both in the Housing Association-run new-builds and tenants of all the involved landlords mentioned so far, are now linking up to petition the Council to intervene and extend the tenancies of the Brent Community Housing residents until January 2015.

You can currently access the electronic version of the petition here. Please note that due to Brent’s internal rules on petitions you must provide a postcode for either a workplace or a home within the borough. If you are not eligible to sign the petition please feel free to leave a comment below!

 This electronic petition is due to close tomorrow in advance of a proposed meeting between Senior Council Officers and Brent Community Housing employees. Please sign up and show your support.

Thanks to all of you who have already signed one of the petitions or have sent messages of support. Our paper petition is much larger.

 

 

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9 comments

  1. plebrise · · Reply

    Why this rush to evict these tenants, Brent Community Housing?

  2. plebrise · · Reply

    It appears Brent Community Housing is giving less than 1 month notice to its tenants. isn’t this illegal?

  3. plebrise · · Reply

    How is Brent Community Housing helping to resolve the housing crisis? By evicting its existing tenants?

  4. plebrise · · Reply

    Where are all these tenants supposed to go, Brent Community Housing?

  5. plebrise · · Reply

    What other properties have you offered these tenants, Brent Community Housing?

  6. Thanks for your comments Plebrise!

    Unfortunately BCH are not acting unlawfully, as those of us who are on short-term contracts don’t have the same rights to two months notice as many private tenants.

    The primary issue for the affected tenants in the 42 households is that the NTQs do not need to be issued at this time and will result in a large proportion of the estate being boarded up and decommissioned – rendered unusable – for a period of six months or more during the current housing crisis.

    None of the affected tenants have been offered alternative accommodation; in fact some of those who have been perceived as being active in this campaign have already been informed that we are no longer eligible to be rehoused by BCH!

    On a more positive note note we have submitted over 95 signatures via the two petitions to the Local Authority this morning requesting their intervention. This is far more than the initial 50 signatories we sought that will give us access to the relevant LA Committee. The majority of these signatures are from tenants on the estate, including those housed by Brent Housing Partnership, Notting Hill Housing Trust as well as BCH and 476. We have also received support from activists from Housing4All, Radical Housing Network, Kilburn Unemployed Worker’s Group, Brent Fightback and Brent Housing Action.

    Thanks to everyone for their support. Watch this space.

  7. […] marks the due date for the first tranche of households to leave the Barham Park Estate under the premature Notice to Quit orders issued by Brent Community Housing […]

  8. What’s happening with the owners here? It doesn’t look like a Compulsory Purchase Order has been made so are they being left surrounded by boarded up flats?

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