The landlord wants us out of our busy community space. How can we get the council to protect us?

The Guardian - Dec 05, 15:45 GMT

In this series Poppy Noor discusses an issue concerning how we can build happy, well-run communities

In this series Poppy Noor discusses an issue concerning how we can build happy, well-run communities. But what do you think? Send us your thoughts and responses

We run a community space and are being asked to leave by our landlord. Our hub has been home to many important charities and social enterprises, providing everything from community dance classes to communal lunches. But the space is lucrative and our landlord wants to redevelop it. In law it feels like there’s not a lot we can do the landlord owns the property and despite us agreeing to all the rent hikes that have been imposed, doesn’t want us to stay. We have fostered community relationships here and provided spaces and businesses that people benefit from (which we think has contributed to the popularity of the area). As council services are cut back and funding to vital social services all over the city dwindles, social enterprises like ours are filling a really vital role in providing some of these services. We know the council recognises this, too, and when we organised a big march it was very supportive.

It just doesn’t feel right to kick us out. This is happening all over the country – useful resources that are important to the community being forced out in order to turn a big profit; there’s no support for the little guys. We are on the brink of being forced out, but think the role of the council should be to protect these facilities. Is there anything more we can do to make it help?

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