Patrick's Housing Fund

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Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created August 13, 2018
Brighton SolFed
on behalf of Pierre Hentges
Patrick's Housing Fund: help out a tenant facing eviction

A tenant, Patrick, has had to live with substandard accommodation, which has included issues as serious as collapsing ceilings, a bedroom that was uninhabitable for nine months, with ongoing issues with rising damp and dry rot, mould in the kitchen, damp in the bathroom and kitchen ceilings, damp and rotten window frames in the kitchen, and damp in the outside wall of his flat, for years. The image below is of the state of disrepair that developed in the bedroom from late 2016 onwards, which is indicative of the broader neglect of the property:

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When these issues were reported to the letting agency, Youngs, which administer the property, they responded with a mixture of negligence and incompetence. Consequently, Patrick invested his own time and money into renovating the bedroom. Here's how it looked once he was done:

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With the support of Brighton Solidarity Federation Housing Union, Patrick wrote to his landlord and letting agency in December 2017, to request compensation for the time and money he invested in repairing the bedroom, as well as a plan to fix up the rest of the flat. He was served with an eviction notice in January 2018. 

That eviction failed in court in June...



...but now the landlord is trying again. In the intervening period, Patrick has had to deal with the owner of Youngs – David Pay – assaulting a Brighton SolFed member, as well as with David Pay's son forcing his way into his house and assaulting him. None of the ongoing disrepair issues in the flat have been resolved, and no compensation has been paid.

Patrick has lived in the flat for over a decade, and needs to be in the area to provide daily care for his elderly mother. Both Patrick and Brighton SolFed are determined to fight this second eviction. However, this new situation means that Patrick might incur some currently unaffordable costs, in court and from moving house, over the next couple of months.  

If the situation goes to court and Patrick loses, the donations will help to cover the costs of this, as well as the costs of moving. If he wins, it will be a back-up fund for if the landlord tries to evict him again. It would be great to have the money raised by the end of August, to assure Patrick that he can contest the eviction in court without immediate financial anxiety, and to offer an assurance that the costs of moving are covered if it comes to that.

Any donations that people are able to make will be gratefully received, and will help to ease a difficult situation.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

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More information on this situation:

1.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/brighton-solidarity-federation-opens-a-dispute-with-youngs-estate-agency

2.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/youngs-agency-no-revenge-evictions 

3.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/brighton-solfed-march-shows-youngs-cannot-ignore-demands-for-safe-living 

4.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/interview-safe-conditions-no-evictions-life-as-a-tenant-of-youngs-lettings-agency 

5.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/youngs-agency-another-horror-story-emerges

6.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/brighton-solidarity-federation-extends-its-campaign-against-youngs-to-halls-estate-agency 

7.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/youngs-tenant-gives-an-update-on-his-battle-against-eviction-and-our-campaign-for

8.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/owner-of-youngs-david-pay-assaults-brighton-solfed-member

9.  http://www.brightonsolfed.org.uk/brighton/update-from-patrick-on-successfully-getting-his-eviction-order-thrown-out-in-court
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Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created August 13, 2018
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on behalf of Pierre Hentges
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