Tenants on the New Era Estate in Hackney have been threatened with the ultimate revenge eviction by shadowy property developers and investment firm Westbrook Partners.
The New Era estate has provided homes at affordable rents to local people since the 1930s – although current rents of around £600 a month are hardly cheap for someone on a low income. When the properties were bought by Westbrook earlier in the year rents were immediately hiked by 10%. Then residents were informed that the company planned to bring rents up to the same levels as the local private sector, where even small flats can fetch well over £2000 a month.
Alongside Westbrook in this nasty attempt at social cleansing were Benyon Estates who also bought a small stake in the properties. This company is owned by Tory Richard Benyon, believed to be the UK’s richest MP. A series of bold and well supported protests recently led this company to sell their stake in the estate. The response from Westbrook was immediate, with residents receiving notice from the local council that the company would no longer honour an agreement to freeze rents until 2016 and even suggested that the tenants could be evicted before Christmas.
The tenants have vowed to continue their fight, beginning with a twitterstorm tomorrow to help bring attention to the vile Westbrook Partners. This is a fight that needs to be won. A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warned that millions more people are set to face poverty due to soaring rents. In truth it’s happening already. As wages and benefits shrink, rents continue to soar in many parts of the country. That money ends up in the pockets of faceless greedy bastards like Westbrook Managing Principal Mark Donner. It’s time to show the world who they are and hold them to account for their destruction of our homes and communities.
For the latest news follow the New Era campaign @newera4all
Please sign and share the petition calling for the residents to be able to stay in their homes: https://www.change.org/p/new-era-should-not-become-the-end-of-an-era
Join the twitterstorm tomorrow (Weds 19th Nov between 1 and 6pm) which will target those involved in the estate’s current management – namely: @RealDonnor @knightfrank @onlywillneale @KF_JRPhillips @StephenJClifton @Nick_Braybrook @KFResDev
Please help spread the word. You can also find the tenants on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/neweraestatetenants
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