RESIDENTS facing immediate eviction have been granted a stay after an agreement was reached between the council and a real estate company.
More than 30 people living at Knoll House in Ingram Cresent, Hove, including healthcare workers, a pregnant woman and community workers, were set to be left homeless after City Council gave Oaksure Property Services a 28-day notice period. Local residents said they were not served with an eviction notice.
The property is due to be demolished next year, but the council had tasked Oaksure with providing “security” in the form of 37 “property guardians” on site.
However, visits by council officials to Knoll House raised “significant concerns” about safe occupation and compliance, particularly around fire safety.
An email to Brighton and Hove City Councilman Geoff Raw, seen by The Argus, said: “While work is ongoing to address the risk of fire, the team of officers have been able to reverse the threatened termination of the contractual agreement with Oaksure Property Services .
“This is because Oaksure has implemented a temporary “wake-up watch” arrangement, proposed by officials, for work necessary to comply with health and safety requirements pending an agreement between the council and Oaksure.
“Subject to the prompt resolution of outstanding matters, the Guardians’ occupation is expected to last until March 2023, when the building is cleared for demolition.”
Mr Raw said work to eliminate fire hazards at the Knoll House was underway and wardens had been advised on how the council could help if they needed alternative accommodation in the future.
Council members Robert Nemeth and Garry Peltzer Dunn had urged the council to step in and grant residents a reprieve for the eviction.
Welcoming the news, Cllr Nemeth said: “Cllr Peltzer Dunn and I are delighted for the residents with a fantastic outcome for everyone involved.
“The situation was completely avoidable and ultimately we shouldn’t have intervened, but the bottom line here is important.
“Knoll House is a lovely little community at the heart of our community and it would have been tragic to prematurely disband it.”
Oaksure Property Services has been contacted for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20592403.hove-residents-spared-eviction-last-minute-deal/?ref=rss Hove residents were spared the eviction after a last-minute deal