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News: Agency targeted for day of protests against evictions

Mon, 12 Apr 21

At least one lettings agency is on a list of targets for socially-distanced protests tomorrow by anti-eviction campaigners in the left wing Momentum organisation.

RS Estate Agents in Tooting Bec, London, is named on a list of 10 targets; most of the others appear to be large scale landlords. 

The target premises, mostly company buildings, are in Southend, Tower Hamlets, Ealing, Loughborough and Charnwood, Lewisham, Catford and Bromley, Southwark and Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth and Bradford and Shipley.

A statement from the campaign group says this weekend’s activities are part of a so-called Eviction Resistance campaign, supporting principles put forward by Jennifer Forbes, a member of the national coordinating group of Momentum - this is the Labour grassroots movement closely identified with the former party leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Forbes has written an article for left-wing newspaper Tribune calling for the creation of “an army of organisers” to oppose evictions. She says the eviction issue can be used to “win people over through solidarity and collective action, and start to rebuild a mass working class base for the British socialist left.”

On a national level Momentum’s campaign is demanding no evictions during the pandemic, the cancellation if all pandemic-related rent debt, and scrapping section 21 evictions which it calls ‘no fault' evictions 

Letting Agent Today has approached RS Estate Agents for comment.

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