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My mother has been living in the same house ( previously owned by our local council, now by a private housing Association ) all of her 75yrs. My grandmother lived in this house previously having moved in in the late 1930's, mum has inherited my grandmothers rights as tenant. I believe it is called a secure tenancy, this was put in place by the council when they passed over the homes to this housing association. The house is a semi-detatched house. Mums neighbour was moved out in June 2011 thinking that the house was to be refurbished. This person was offered this new house as a permanent residence within months of moving in and has signed a new tenancy agreement. In February 2013 my mother recieved a letter and then a visit from the HA telling her she would have to move out because the house next door was unsafe.They told mum that was why they removed her neighbour because it was so unsafe and likey to collapse. When questioned they admitted that they would be demolishing both and redeveloping the site. Mum asked to see the structural survey that said nextdoor was unsafe, after repeated requests and involving our local MP and newspapers they gave us a few sheets of the 8-9 section report. I asked for a full and complete report but they have refused, giving reason that, it contained 'commercialy sensitive material that would be inappropriate to share'. I doubt that the report says that the house is beyond repair, I am suspicious at how they removed the other tenant and am sure it is more to do with building more houses on the large gardens. I am also very concerned for the health of my mother and the stress this is putting her under. Her whole life is wrapped up in this house, she knows all of her neighbours and it is quite a unique street of houses in many ways. Surely mum cannot be forced to move out of a house that she is a secure tenant in. Please can you give me an answer or direct me to someone that can Regards XXXXX XXXXX
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Could you tell me whether the HA have served any form of formal notice yet or has their contact been restricted to date to informal discussions please?
A Notice of intended Demolision
section 80 was emailed to mum on 27th March 2013 by the HA
This is the standard form issued by our local council to anyone wishing to demolish a building.
So the intention to demolish has come from our council offices and not mums landlord.
A section 81 was served on FODDC by the HA on 28th March 2013 The demolition is purported to be needed according to the HA because the property at NO:5 is in danger of collapse and they think the same problems will occur in mums house at NO:7 . The occupant of no:5 moved out in June 2011 because they told her they were going to be doing repair work on the property. Once out they had her sign the tenancy agreement in the new property. In Feb this year mum was told she had to get out. As a result of the publicity this has caused locally, the HA are putting out statements now saying they had to evacuate the tenant of NO:5 at short notice, urgently because the land moved suddenly leaving the house unstable.If this is so if they were so concerned with the NO: 5 stability did they not contact mum at NO:7 with view to moving her out straight away? Why if they have a full structural report on this dangerous property will they not let us see it? Why if this property has been so dangerous since June 2011 is it still not fenced off? They have now offered mum 3 propertys, 2 of which are totaly unsuitable, and told her she should make her mind up in 4 weeks. They have also told me they will get her out even if it meens taking her to court. They are insenstive bullies. I think they are going the route of claiming the property at NO:5 is unsafe as this is the only way that they can demolish 2 properties to build many more, but I just cant find the law that supports this. Mum is desperate to stay in her family home and we know that the building next door is not unsafe and needing to be demolished. Please help or point me in the right direction. Thank you Julie.