Activists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancy

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Activists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancy previous nextAgencies & PeopleActivists target Manchester estate agency over disputed tenancyCompany says it is preparing a full legal response to claims by activists that it has served a Section 21 notice on three tenants incorrectly.Nigel Lewis27th October 202001,654 Views An estate agency at the centre of a disputed tenancy in Manchester says it is preparing a legal response to claims by housing campaigners that it has incorrectly served a Section 21 notice on three tenants.Thornley Groves has been targeted in recent days by campaigners from Acorn and demonstrations have been held outside four of its branches.Acorn claims that three tenants at a property in the city were served a ‘no fault’ notice at the request of the landlord after it was discovered that the trio had been furloughed by their employers, although they have since returned to full-status employment.“It seems abundantly clear that not only are Thornley Groves…oblivious to the effects of their actions on the homelessness crisis, but that they are wilfully contributing to it” says one of the tenants, Toby Bower.Campaigners have taken up the cause of the tenants, who are also members of the organisation, and have launched a social media campaign targeting the agency and its CEO Jason Watkin.RowThe row between the agency and its three tenants highlights the problems facing many landlords and lettings agents as the economic fall-out from the Covid pandemic continues.This includes whether tenants who are furloughed are deemed a ‘high risk’ and whether applicants should disclose furlough status when being referenced.Thornley Groves says it will be preparing a full legal response to the criticisms levelled at it by Acorn in the coming days.The estate agency, which is due to celebrate its 30th anniversary, has seven branches in the centre and suburbs of Manchester and employs 80 staff.Read more about Thornley Groves.Manchester Acorn thornley groves October 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more