Conservative MP Brendan Clarke-Smith has accused Bassetlaw district council of making reference to the “Protection from Eviction Act 1997” in attempting to move on those in temporary accommodation. However, in an awkward blunder for the council, no such legislation actually exists.
The council has been shamed for the embarrassing blunder in the important legal notice.
Mr Clarke-Smith told Express.co.uk: “The legal stuff they’ve been printing has been completely wrong.
“The 1997 Act they’re referring to doesn’t exist.
“There is a 1977 Act, but because it’s a semi-judicial thing, you need to be saying which law you are using in evicting them under and if you make a mistake on that it gets thrown out.
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Despite claims from the Tories the notice has been used to evict council tenants, the local authority said no one has been evicted in the last 12 months and the Notice to Quit orders were used to reclaim possession of temporary accommodation units for people who are homeless.
David Armiger, Assistant Chief Executive of the district council, said: “Bassetlaw District Council has only used the Notice to Quit when individuals it has housed in temporary homeless accommodation are refusing to move on, or where individuals are occupying a Council owned property in circumstances where they do not have a Council tenancy.
“This has the knock on effect of blocking the temporary units or the Council accommodation for those that need them.
“Unfortunately in October 2020 the Council issued two Notices to Quit which referred to the Protection of Eviction Act 1997 instead of the Protection of Eviction Act 1977.
“However the notices did contain all the prescribed information required by law within the 1977 Act and relevant regulations and the typo in itself would not have been prejudicial.
“But this was bought to our attention by the MP and we did re-issue the notices with the typo corrected.
“The Council was then able to regain possession of two temporary accommodation units for those who are homeless.
“No individual was evicted by the Council under incorrect legislation.”