Michael James has been living in his flat in Tower Hamlets, East London, for 24 years. The building he lives in is getting on a bit and when he found a loose piece of concrete on the walkway, which could have fallen off and hurt children playing below, he asked his landlord to fix it. When this request fell on deaf ears, he went to the council.
(image from ITV London News)
When the landlord found out, Michael received an eviction notice. Tower Hamlets Renters has been helping Michael to fight the eviction and thankfully he is still there.
Last night, ITV London News reported on Michael's case and the new Private Member's Bill in Parliament that could stop these revenge evictions.
Our director Alex Hilton explains in the report that the Bill won't stop landlords evicting tenants for not paying rent, or being antisocial, but they won't be able to turf out tenants when essential maintenance needs to be made.
MPs need to know how important this protection is to renters - so that they vote to pass the Bill when it's debated next month.
Please take a minute to write to your MP using our easy to use tool here.