Green MSP lodges motion in support of Lorne Street tenants

Written by Jenni Davidson on 9 November 2015 in News

A Green MSP has lodged a motion in support of 200 tenants in Leith who face eviction

A motion has been lodged in the Scottish Parliament in support of 200 Edinburgh tenants who face eviction by the charity that owns their flats.

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, proposed the motion calling for financial support for the tenants of Lorne Street in Leith.

The Agnes Hunter Trust owns over 100 flats in Lorne Street, which it wants to sell, citing high maintenance costs.


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Residents are exploring alternative options that may allow them to stay in their homes, such as setting up a housing co-operative.

"The residents of Lorne Street face an uncertain future, and understandably feel traumatised as they had thought their tenancies were secure. It's important we send a strong message of support to them,” said Johnstone.

"While it is welcome that the Trust has agreed a moratorium on evictions until July, it must extend this if needed. The residents want security of tenure, and they must have time to work on that.

"I urge the Scottish Government to work with the City of Edinburgh Council to provide financial assistance to the residents to ensure a bright future for the community of Lorne Street."



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