Campaign launched to try to save brothers from being thrown out of Romford family home of 73 years

A campaign has been launched to force Havering Council to overturn the decision to throw two brothers out of the home that their family have lived in for 73 years.

Diane Adams is trying to save her father-in-law Brian and his brother David Adams from eviction from their home in London Road, Romford.

She said: “I think the way they are being treated is disgusting.

“They are constantly worried that they are going to open the door and then baliffs are going to come and throw them out.”

Last year, the Recorder reported tha Brian, 68 and David, 58 were told by the council just days after their brother Jack’s death on November 1,that they had to move out.

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The men’s parents moved into the house in the 1930s where 15 siblings grew up.

When their father Percy died in 1986, the tenancy was passed on to Jack, but Havering Council say that the tenancy can only be passed on once in the same family.

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David has lived in there all his life, while Brian moved out in 1966 to go to Harold Hill when he got married, but returned in 1986 after the divorce.

Diane says that the brother’s health has deteriorated and they have to rely on their sister, who lives next door to take care of them.

Diane said: “They have both lived there all their lives and they know nothing else but the house.

“I feel that if they moved out, one of them would die.”

She added: “It’s not an option for them to move into another property because they will be losing all of their support network.”

The council has also sought a warrant for possession of the property, which is due to be heard at Romford County Court on November 12.

Diane has lodged a complaint with the Local Government Ombudsman against the treatment from the council, she is also hoping to set up a petition calling for the council to rethink their decision.

A spokesman for Havering Council said: “We really do not want to take court action. We understand that moving home is never easy and we have been working with the brothers to find them alternative accommodation. They have both been unwilling to move from their current property but under national housing law they do not have the right of succession as the house has already been passed on once within the family.”

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