CALL OUT FOR URGENT SUPPORT: Sweets Way families ALL given High Court bailiff notices!

IMG_20150323_100607Yesterday, all of the remaining families on the Sweets Way estate were given notice from Annington Properties Limited, that their individual cases – despite later-scheduled individual eviction dates – had been transferred from County Court to High Court Bailiffs, effective immediately!

Though we are going through every legal channel we know to challenge this abusive move by Annington, at this point, HIGH COURT BAILIFFS – WHO IT IS ILLEGAL TO RESIST – WILL ARRIVE AT THE REMAINING SWEETS WAY FAMILIES HOMES ON A MORNING THIS WEEK, WITHOUT NOTICE!

This is truly a horrible move by Annington, placing the order on a Friday when, legally speaking, it is nearly impossible to challenge either the lack-of-hearing made, or that all cases were treated as one, despite differences in individual situations, and expected eviction dates.

We need a few things from all of those who have supported the campaign and who oppose the social cleansing happening across London:

  • Support at the Sweets Way social centre from Sunday night. The social centre falls just outside of the housing protest injunction zone (that Annington got a judge to apply to the estate on March 30), so is close enough to respond to urgent calls first thing in the morning on Monday. If it doesn’t come on Monday morning, we will need people around on the following nights. If you can come to stay and be around for a few hours the next day, please email us to let us know when you can be here, and leave a number we can call you on to arrange times: sweetswayresists@gmail.com
  • Urgent phone calls to Annington. We need to demand that their order to have high court bailiffs execute their possession orders against the families of Sweets Way be set aside IMMEDIATELY. They had County Court possession orders against each of these families already, all of whom have been trying their hardest to find alternatives accommodation that is both affordable and within reach of their family’s health and education needs, to no avail. Now Annington are telling them that the most brutish kind of bailiffs will show up at their doors unannounced, any day now, and turf them out on the street!

You can reach Annington on the following numbers:

  1. 020 7960 7500 (head office)
  2. 0800 358 1118 (sales freephone)
  3. 020 3757 6743 (Andy Martin, media relations)

If you leave them a message, be sure to say:

  • We demand that Annington’s order to have high court bailiffs execute their possession orders against the families of Sweets Way be set aside. Not doing so is cruel and makes an already stressful time unnecessarily traumatic for the families who still call Sweets Way home.

We hope you’ll try to make the trek to Barnet this week and do what you can to help stop Annington and to support all of us here at Sweets Way to fight social cleansing!

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6 thoughts on “CALL OUT FOR URGENT SUPPORT: Sweets Way families ALL given High Court bailiff notices!

  1. Ask a court to suspend a bailiffs’ warrant

    The bailiffs cannot evict you if a court decides to suspend a bailiffs warrant.

    You can ask the court to suspend a bailiffs’ warrant. You must apply to the court using court form N244. There is a fee of £50, but you may not have to pay this if you claim certain benefits or have a low income. See court leaflet EX160A for details.

    If the court decides to consider if it should stop the bailiffs coming, there will probably be a short court hearing. This could even be on the same day that you apply. You should explain to the court why it would be fair and reasonable to stop the eviction.

    Ask a court to delay eviction

    Even if a court cannot stop an eviction by bailiffs, it may be willing to delay the eviction.

    The court can only order a delay for a maximum of 42 days (6 weeks) starting from the date of the possession order that gave you a date to leave. If four weeks have already passed, you can only ask the court to delay for a further two.

    Tell the court about any hardship that would be caused if the eviction is not delayed. For example, tell the court about health problems, disability issues or the need for any special arrangements for young children. You could ask the court to delay the bailiffs because you have a new tenancy that starts a week or two after your eviction date but you have nowhere to go until then.

    To delay the bailiffs, you must apply to the court on court form N244. There is a fee of £50. You may not have to pay this if you claim certain benefits or have a low income. See court leaflet EX160A for details.

    Ask a court to change the original court order

    In some situations, you can only ask the court to suspend a bailiffs’ warrant if you also ask for the original possession order to be changed or cancelled (set aside).

    You may be able to get the court order set aside if you were unable to attend the court hearing where it was decided you should lose your home. This is only considered if you had a good reason for not attending and if the judge might have decided not to make an order for possession.

    Consider the costs of challenging eviction

    If a court orders you to leave your home by a certain date but you don’t leave by then, you have to pay your landlord rent or ‘use and occupation’ charges until you move out or are evicted. If you claim housing benefit, this should continue until you actually leave the property.

    You may also have to pay your landlord’s costs for trying to evict you, including the costs of applying for bailiffs.

    Unless you claim certain benefits or have a low income, you have to pay a fee to ask the court to stop the bailiffs coming.

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  2. Get your children looked after, lock yourselves in and refuse to move. Get as big a crowd as possible outside, or ready to be there at short notice and make sure it is all filmed. A lock in May well attract media attention. What do you have to lose?? this worked well in Scotland when evictions were attempted for non payment of poll tax. If you do get media attention be sure to direct your questions to ed the red milliband and all of those other corporate lackies looking to extend their pension period at our expense. I would be there to support but am in Scotland.

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