Upset families facing eviction by Crown Estate form action group and petition

Somerset County Gazette: Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne met tenants and members of the Forced Out action group. Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne met tenants and members of the Forced Out action group.

TENANTS facing eviction by the Crown Estate have formed an action group and are demanding that the decision is reversed.

More than 40 families in Somerset – 28 near Taunton and 17 in Dunster – have received letters from their Crown Estate landlords telling them their homes are being sold to allow the Estate to re-invest elsewhere.

Community leaders have voiced their shock and dismay at the treatment of villagers who have been told to buy their rented homes or move out within weeks.

Vicky Pearson, who is spearheading the Forced Out action group, is in contact with tenants in West Somerset and Lincolnshire, and said: “They want to deal with us on an individual basis, but we made it clear that we’re now working as a group across Somerset.”

County councillor Ross Henley has backed the group and wrote to The Crown Estate asking for a meeting.

Last week he and Cllr John Williams, chairman of Taunton Deane Council, along with Cllr Tim Taylor, chairman of West Somerset District Council, accompanied members of Forced Out to meet Neil Jacobson, portfolio manager with the Crown Estate.

After the meeting Vicky told the County Gazette: “We handed them a letter stating that we want them to retract the threat of eviction, and once they’ve done that we’ll start to negotiate.

“We want them to give tenants the respect they deserve and time to deal with the situation, but they just reiterated their remit as a commercial enterprise.”

Mr Jacobson said: “We know that for some the news has been difficult, which is why we’ve been engaging with tenants and their representatives to explain our decision and the measures we’ve introduced to approach this process responsibly.

“We’re maintaining a dialogue with our tenants and remain flexible where there are specific circumstances that mean people are unable to meet our proposed timescales.”

Visit forcedout.co.uk to find out more and sign the petition

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9:15pm Mon 5 May 14

nat_11 says...

there is a reason that the properties are becoming no longer available to rent and its to do with health and safety standards for rental properties, the government have brought in further standards that rental properties must reach within a certain amount of time, but the cost for these renovations is to high for the crown estate to facilitate and to continue to legally rent the properties,
so they are for sale, the tenants are welcome to purchase, but as in any business, if its not a viable route things change,

I feel sorry for the family's, but there is a reason for the sale of the property's.
there is a reason that the properties are becoming no longer available to rent and its to do with health and safety standards for rental properties, the government have brought in further standards that rental properties must reach within a certain amount of time, but the cost for these renovations is to high for the crown estate to facilitate and to continue to legally rent the properties, so they are for sale, the tenants are welcome to purchase, but as in any business, if its not a viable route things change, I feel sorry for the family's, but there is a reason for the sale of the property's. nat_11
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10:18am Tue 6 May 14

*Flick* says...

Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses.
As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me.
I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well.
Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses. As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me. I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well. *Flick*
  • Score: 8

2:16pm Tue 6 May 14

prickles says...

*Flick* wrote:
Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses.
As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me.
I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well.
Totally agree no rented property is 100% safe. Private or otherwise. Whilst its distressing for these people sadly these things happen.
[quote][p][bold]*Flick*[/bold] wrote: Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses. As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me. I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well.[/p][/quote]Totally agree no rented property is 100% safe. Private or otherwise. Whilst its distressing for these people sadly these things happen. prickles
  • Score: 9

6:01pm Wed 7 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

*Flick* wrote:
Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses.
As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me.
I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well.
The working classes expect subsidised social housing for life, dare tell them they can't put a log burner or issue then with perfectly legal notice and it's off to local rag to make a fuss.


How private rented can't do as they please can't decorate without permission can't dump your old telly on the lawn and leave it there a few years. They want to deal with an agent who want so inspect every 3 months and issues an illegal section 13 notice after 9 months to increase the rent, that's what I while I rent thought Andy the crook Bennetts lets.
[quote][p][bold]*Flick*[/bold] wrote: Whilst I feel sorry for the families, I do not see why the Crown should not be able to sell the houses. As a private tenant, if my landlord chose to sell my house, I would be in the same position - which is wholey acceptable, although inconvienient for me. I do not understand why these people believe themselves to deserve special treatment, but I do wish them well.[/p][/quote]The working classes expect subsidised social housing for life, dare tell them they can't put a log burner or issue then with perfectly legal notice and it's off to local rag to make a fuss. How private rented can't do as they please can't decorate without permission can't dump your old telly on the lawn and leave it there a few years. They want to deal with an agent who want so inspect every 3 months and issues an illegal section 13 notice after 9 months to increase the rent, that's what I while I rent thought Andy the crook Bennetts lets. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 1

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