De gemeenteraden van Engelse gemeenten zijn ook vaak verhuurders van woningen. Een gemeenteraad heeft nu het plan om personen die betrokken zijn bij de rellen in Londen in augustus 2011 uit hun huurwoning te zetten. Dit gaat nog een stapje verder dan wat in Nederland gebeurde met de vader van de jongeren die buurtbewoners wegpesten.
Inside Housing meldt over de ontruiming van de woning van de relschoppers:
A council which is planning to evict a tenant whose son is accused of rioting has rejected a motion which called for the process to be stopped.
Conservative-run Wandsworth Council held a special meeting at the town hall last night to debate the proposed eviction of Caite de la Calva and her family.
Ms de la Calva’s son, 18-year-old Daniel Sartain-Clarke, is accused of violent disorder and burglary during the English riots in August.
Since the charge, the council has told the family that it would seek to possess the home if Mr Sartain-Clarke is convicted.
Labour councillors called for a special meeting last night and put forward a motion that stated eviction should be ‘kept as a policy for housing management purposes only and not as an adjunct to penal or national political issues’.
Tony Belton, Labour councillor for Latchmere, put forward a petition of 2,000-plus signatures supporting the family’s right to stay in their home.
Mr Belton said: ‘This is a woman who is supported by her neighbours and who is very much part of the community where she lives.’
The councillor added that he did not believe eviction policies should ‘harm the innocents’, while James Daley, Labour councillor for Tooting, warned that for the council to issue a possession notice on a person before they had gone to trial could be contempt of court.
When the motion was put to the vote it was defeated by 37 to 12 with votes staying along party lines.
Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council leader, said: ‘Our housing policy says “don’t mess around with Wandsworth”.’
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