Pimlico pensioner facing eviction after visiting sick friend

The ‘Westminster Chronicle’ reports;

“A pensioner is facing eviction from his home of 12 years after his housing association accused him of not living there – when he was actually visiting a sick friend.

Kevin Greenan was served a ‘notice to quit’ on February 19 by Sanctuary Housing Association and told to leave his flat in Charlwood Street, Pimlico, within four weeks.

The 67-year-old had missed visits from housing officers as he had been making daily trips to Suffolk to care for a friend who passed away last week. But Mr Greenan said he returned home to Pimlico most nights and had not abandoned his home.

Sanctuary Housing said it had a duty to ensure properties, which are in high demand, were being occupied.

Mr Greenan said: “I’m not behind in my arrears, I’m a good tenant, I’m no trouble.

“If they visit your property without success, they think you are not using this as your principal address and think you have abandoned the property.

“It means I can’t leave my flat in case they turn up. They should have left a note saying they visited or called to arrange to visit.

“When I phoned them I explained I’ve lost a dear friend. I’m arranging his funeral, I’m stressed out as it is, to turn around and get this notice is very distressing.

“They were very flippant, the lady said it was a standard letter.”

Mr Greenan’s son Mark who lives in the same block received a similar notice. The pensioner said he wanted to warn other tenants of the situation.

He added: “It could push someone who is vulnerable over the edge.

“It’s a threatening, nasty and vicious letter written by a housing association which is a charity – this letter showed no charity.”

A spokeswoman for Sanctuary Housing said: “Since March 2013 we have been attempting to visit Mr Greenan and his son in order to carry out routine inspections, but despite numerous visits we have not been able to gain access to the properties.

“We sent a letter requesting they each contact us in order to establish whether or not they are still using the apartments.

“Due to the high demand in the area we have an absolute responsibility to all those in need of affordable housing to ensure our homes are being occupied in accordance with the terms of the tenancy. We encourage Mr Greenan and his son to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

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