Sunday 25 May 2008 3.15pm
Thanks for those replies. The majority of the tenants in this situation have been living here for decades and should be protected by the rent agreements that they signed with the Trust (St Thomas's) in the first place.
The problem for the tenants is that their block of flats will demolished once the new adjacent block is built. Although the Trust is a registered charity, there has been nothing charitable about their behaviour.
They (the Trust) claim that are compelled by law to offer an Assured Tenancy, and that the tenants have no choice but to accept. Given that most of these tenants are past retirement age, I felt they were behaving in a heartless fashion.
Get your local councillor's involved and those prospective candidates for your MP.
I had been living in my accomodation for over 20 years with a secured tenancy and they weren't talking to me. Our local councillors and a lib dem candidate for MP in our local area came up trumps.
Whilst the councillors did what they could behind the scenes eventually we had to go public, at their suggestion, and they handled this for the residents concerned.
As I have previously said they got better results then we could envisage.