FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
M.P. SAYS EVICTION THREAT
IS “VERY ALARMING”
Mr Rory Stewart M.P. today said he was “ very alarmed” at a threat of eviction to a distressed tenant who is struggling with an unheated home and rocketing fuel bills after a big solar panel scheme went wrong.
The threatened tenant also has complex health problems. Mr Stewart says he plans urgent talks with the Carlisle boss of the giant Riverside Housing Association which owns the property in Longtown near Carlisle.
Mr Stewart, M.P. for Penrith and the Border, says his office has kept in touch with the threatened tenant- one of his constituents- and he had previously been pressing Riverside through the Carlisle boss, Mr Dean Butterworth, to help the tenant.
Mr Stewart says: My office speaks regularly with the tenant and I am aware of his health condition. I find his threat of eviction very alarming and will raise the matter with Mr Butterworth”.
Mr Stewart`s concerns are expressed in a letter to the Carlisle campaigning community group, Carlisle Tenants` and Residents`Federation which is leading the fight for justice on behalf of several distressed tenants.For two years they have suffered from unheated homes and rocketing fuel bills, one has a £3,500 bill.
Mr Stewart is also concerned that Riverside is not acting on a an independent engineers` report that it commissioned. The report details the tenants` problems and advises solutions. Mr Stewart says:”Yesterday I received a copy of the report and now have had a chance to digest its findings.
“I intend to write further to Mr Butterworth raising my concerns and pressing for a timeframe when necessary improvements will be made.
”Rest assured that I will continue to represent Longtown tenants on this issue at any opportunity I can”.
A Federation spokesman said:”Mr Stewart`s latest intervention is very welcome. He is backing everything the distressed tenants have been saying for two years, particularly about the independent report.
“Riverside commissioned this report but have never acted on it. It seems they are in denial about its existence.
“We are also particularly concerned about the eviction threat and the fact that this was issued to a tenant with serious medical problems.”
Issued by Carlisle Tenants` and Residents`Federation
February 27 2014