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Lambeth United Housing Coop have just released the following press release. You can find more details on the campaign here

Stop selling social housing

On Wednesday 29th January Lambeth residents and campaigners will meet outside Lambeth Town Hall, in Brixton, to protest against the council’s sale of long-standing housing co-operatives. At the lobby Lambeth councillors will be asked to sign a specific pledge against the eviction of long-term housing co-op resident Maritza Tschepp:

We the undersigned pledge to stand with Maritza and her family when they refuse to leave their home, if Lambeth go through with their threat to send bailiffs to evict her in order to sell off the property.

Maritza’s story
Maritza Tschepp and her family have lived in their home for 33 years. Their house was among those compulsory purchased by Lambeth for demolition for a couple of thousand pounds in the 1970s and left to rot. The council allowed ‘shortlife’ co-ops to be set up, run by the people like Maritza who were occupying and maintaining the houses. But Lambeth are now destroying these co-ops and selling off the properties with no acknowledgement of the blood, sweat and tears of the ‘short lifers’, who saved these homes from dereliction.

At a time when waiting lists for council housing are at record levels it is a crime for Lambeth to sell social housing.

Maritza has also invested in her community, setting up a local youth group and running it as an unpaid volunteer for over 20 years, but Lambeth has shown no concern about keeping people in homes and communities where they have lived and worked for so long.

If Lambeth send bailiffs we will stand with Maritza to resist this unjust eviction.
Don’t let ‘the Cooperative Council’ evict Maritza’s family from their housing co-op.
Lobby Lambeth Council
6pm, Wednesday 29th January,
Lambeth Town Hall

Pledge your support to stop the eviction by contacting Lambeth Housing Activists on

Lambeth Council have organised a leaders question time this Thursday. We hope to use the opportunity to ask them why they are trying to evict housing cooperatives and hand them to property developers at a time when Lambeth desparately needs more affordable accommodation.

We’re having a protest outside the event
Protest – Save Lambeth’s Housing Cooperatives
6:30pm Thursday 24th October
Outside the Clapham Omnibus project, 1 Northside Clapham Common (The Old Library)

Organised by Lambeth Housing Activists, supported by Lambeth Save Our Services

To get inside the event you need a ticket, which only a minority of us have. If you have a ticket please email Jules on so we can coordinate strategies

We’ve won campaigns regarding housing cooperatives before. With your help we can do it again

Great news. The protest on Monday to stop the eviction of Charmain Lodge from her Lambeth Council owned housing cooperative was successful. Charmain received an email from Lib Peck, the council leader, on Tuesday saying “I have asked the lawyers to call of the eviction for Thursday”

This is great news. Thanks to everyone who helped with the campaign.

We now need to step up the pressure to ensure there are no evictions from other short life properties.

There are two ways you can help:

  • Sign the online petition, and advertise it to all your friends and neighbours
  • Come to the Housing activists meeting on 26th September, 6pm, Hambrook House, Porden Road, Brixton

  • Charmain is a short-life council tenant who has been living in her home for 14 years but now faces homelessness because of Lambeth Council’s policy of selling short-life properties. For Charmain this situation is particularly serious because she is a very vulnerable woman with serious medical problems whose recovery is now under threat because of her precarious housing situation. Her GP and other health workers have made submissions on her behalf appealing for the eviction threat to be lifted but so far these appeals have all been rejected by the Council.

    Please sign the petition calling for her eviction order to be lifted

    We will be presenting the petition to the council on Monday 16th. Please come and show your support

    Protest – Stop the eviction of Charmain
    Monday 16th September, 12noon
    Lambeth Town Hall

    Let us know you’re coming on facebook

    Charmain has the support of Helen O’Malley, one of her local Labour councillors

    Both Cllr Robbins [cabinet member for housing] and myself recently heard a statement from a senior housing officer that ‘Housing’ continues to pursue a policy for ‘short-life’ residents that is focused on making life difficult for them so that they ‘go away’. As ward councillor, I have asked repeatedly that Lambeth begin to treat its residents with fairness, compassion and professionalism.
    The case of Charmaine Lodge is the next example where Lambeth do not work with these residents with care and justice. The ‘Councillor call for Action’ asked that this savage policy be reversed.
    I must ask that Charmaine Lodge’s situation is properly evaluated and that Lambeth, her landlords, resolve this situation with detailed and accurate action. It is beyond any acceptable practise that even the eviction date is questionable.
    Please will [Cllr Robbins] take action to ensure the wellbeing of this resident.

    We’ve stopped evictions of short life tenants before. With your help we can do it again

    Two local celebrities have recently come out in support of the Lambeth United Housing Cooperative

    Vivienne Westwood said

    Last year I wrote to Cllr Lib Peck and chief executive Derrick Anderson to find out why Lambeth Council was destroying housing co-op communities of nearly 40 years standing.

    The replies given did not satisfy my concerns.

    Near neighbours of mine have lived in their communities since 1974 and I find it unacceptable that these people and their neighbours are facing eviction after decades of maintaining their homes as part of a co-operative community – repairing homes that Lambeth Council had abandoned.

    Now whole communities will be dispersed and people will become part of the already overburdened council waiting list, with their social housing units lost. This is exactly the opposite of what was promised by Labour councillors!

    We should allow their potential to be realised through their vision of a “Super Co-op”, this would carry on the maintenance work these residents have done for decades and leave a legacy of social housing – so sorely needed.

    Lambeth is a so-called “co-operative council” after all. It’s time that council and other institutions really put their policy where their PR is and put trust in people for better use of finance and resources.

    The evictions programme is laying waste to community values and the potential of the residents – already proved over a long period of time – is being unfairly discarded.

    I would urge you all to immediately reconsider these evictions and allow community value and social outcomes to be in the forefront of your minds.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    John Pilger said

    I am a Lambeth resident of over 30 years – I am a journalist and I have directed a number of my documentary films in Lambeth.

    I wish to give full support to this letter to you all from fellow resident Vivienne Westwood. What has made Lambeth a special place is as a crucible of all of London, and a vital component of that are the housing co-operative communities.

    It seems almost incredible that Lambeth should take the axe to these. If this proceeds further, I shall seek the commissioning of a TV documentary for broadcast nationally, exposing such vandalism.