OUR HOUSE activists squatting in a Knightsbridge property to protest the Housing Bill won an important victory in court on Friday morning! A judge refused to grant a Possession Order to Brompton Estates and the hearing was adjourned until Tuesday!
“We are legally occupying this space here, in an area that we probably wouldn’t be able to afford ourselves in a commercial way, in order to draw attention to the local community,” explained Edward Daffarn, who is part of the group.
Come to OUR HOUSE pop-up community centre;
221 Brompton Road, Kensington, SW3 3EJ
You can also read and share the #Standard Evening Future Edition to see how the Housing Bill will affect Londoners in the future: standardevening.com
In the past, the property hosted several different pop-up shops over the years, but recently it had been vacant – until last week. Now, by day, activists host a variety of workshops, talks and performances aimed at educating Londoners about their housing rights. And by night, approximately five to ten people sleep in the space to ensure that it remains in their control.
The ‘pop-up squat,’ named in reference to the space’s former use, was launched ahead of this weekend’s ‘Kill the Housing Bill’ demonstration that will take place in central London and is supported by a number of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn.
The ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign is supported by Defend Council Housing, Kirklees Federation of Tenants, Camden Assembly of Tenants, Tower Hamlets Tenants Federation, National Bargee Travellers Association, Radical Housing Network, GMB, Unison, Bakers Food and Allied Workers unions, NUT London Teachers Housing Campaign, Unison Camden LG, Cambridge City and other branches, Unite Housing Workers, the Green Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP, John McDonnell MP, London Gypsy Traveller Unit, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Islington Private Tenants, Hackney and Waltham Forest Trades Councils, Leeds Hands Off Our Homes, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, The Morning Star, Architects for Social Housing, Westway23, Grenfell Action Group….and many others!