Havering residents scared they will have to move after council reviews temporary accommodation in the borough
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2018
Havering Council is reviewing all Private Sector Leased properties it owns, and some residents are scared that they will be forced to move out of the borough.
Residents from across Havering who live in PSL homes have been called into meetings with officers to discuss what their next steps are.
The council has said that the review is due to “budgetary pressures”.
Private Sector Leased (PSL) homes are ones that are owned by private landlords, but are managed by the council.
Residents have said they were told at meetings with council officers that “over a period of time” it will cease their management of all PSL properties.
Hazel Gibbons, 49, of Mildenhall House, Harold Hill, has been living in a PSL property for eight years, and said that she is scared that she might have to move to Colchester or Harlow - which is what other residents have been told - and that this has left her feeling suicidal.
Hazel, who suffers from bipolar, lives with her two support dogs, Chelsea and Zach and was called by the council last Thursday (June 14) and arranged to go for a meeting with officers the following Monday (June 21).
She said: “I’m scared about what is going to happen to me.
“I can’t live anywhere else, I have important support networks around me here, and if I had to move out of the borough I wouldn’t have those.”
Hazel asked her local councillor, Councillor Jan Sargent, to come to the meeting with her and she said: “The council need to put out some information, I have had a number of residents contact me about this who have felt panicked about what is happening and I don’t think it is very clear what is going on.”
The council has said this review is part of a new programme to ensure it is fully aware of the circumstances of individuals and that it is complying with its statutory obligations.
A spokesman said: “We understand that people may have concerns. However, the council will contact them about the housing situation should there be any issues that may effect them.”