Thursday, 14 January 2010

Mr Mosedale Speaks for us all….

With the building works nearly over, Julian and Samantha Mosedale and their three children were looking forward to moving back into the home of their dreams.

But their hopes have turned into a nightmare because a group of Romanians occupied the property over Christmas.
So, they called the police, as decent, law-abiding citizens who believe that the law of the land is there to protect their rights.

Yeah, you guessed it…
To add insult to injury, police told them that they were being 'racist' for questioning the squatters' right to live in Britain on benefits.
/facepalm

And so, another wedge is driven between the police and the people who are forced to pay for them…

And in the sickest of twists…
They now fear they could soon be homeless because they can only afford to foot the cost of rent and mortgage payments until March.
Mr Mosedale sums this up quite succinctly, too:
'We are hard-working citizens yet get treated like criminals when our home is stolen. This whole thing is making me feel constantly sick. All we want to do is get on with our lives.

'We feel let down by the law, by government, and by the police, in fact all the authorities that one would expect to protect society.'
Working as intended, naturally…
Yesterday, the couple obtained a county court order giving the squatters 24 hours - until 2.15pm today - to leave.

But Mr Mosedale fears they will not give in easily.

He said: 'When the papers were served on them they tore them up and threw them back at the guy who'd taken them round.'
Hey, they’re integrating, it seems. Just following the lead of our own Home Sec when confronted with rulings he doesn’t like….
Two sisters, Mihaela and Luminitsa Vaduva, are staying in the house with their seven children.

Speaking broken English, Luminitsa said: 'I don't understand the problem. We have paid for this home. If they move us out, then my children will not have a home.

'We are from Romania, we have no money for another home.'
Money..? Squatting is ‘free’, isn’t it? Where does money come into it?
She showed a tenancy agreement but could not provide a contact number for the landlord or say when they had moved in.
What?!

Hmm, sounds like fraud to me, not to mention forgery.

Perhaps HMRC should pop round, if they aren’t too busy harassing the hard-working..?

11 comments:

sobers said...

The rules on getting rid of squatters are better than they used to be. There is a now a fast track system for getting possession of your house, especially in cases like this where the householder has nowhere else to live.

Link: http://www.letlink.co.uk/letting-factsheets/factsheets/factsheet-14-squatters-and-the-rules-for-obtaining-possession.html

It sounds like the couple in this case have used this route, as the notice they served gives 24 hours to leave. Non compliance with that order is a criminal offence and the police 'should' enforce it.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the rightful owners are back in their house and these lovely I'm sure but completely useless criminal sponging Romanian scum are esconced up the road in another dwelling. No doubt another 'black landlord' in every sense of that term has helped them out. Now the rightful owners will have to pay out for repairs and any gas and electriciyt used, plus the court costs and other elgal fees. What do the gyppos pay?
What a farce! What a country! ALso - 'Dream Home' In Tottenham????? Takes all sorts!

Anonymous said...

The long, spiral descent into madness makes its demands on patience.

John R said...

Just another example showing today's police force is no longer "my" police force, there to keep me safe, catch criminals etc etc.

It's now there to carry out an entirely different role.

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

If one of your correspondents were to post the address of this property on the interwebs (preferably on a large number of sites) I'm sure someone will provide the scum with the necessary inducement to leave.

Not that I am advocating going around there with pickaxe helves and bicycle chains and giving them what for. Perish the thought.

PT Barnum said...

Um, 'scuse me, but:

Not all Romanians are Roma.
Not all Roma are Romanians.
Not all gypsies are Roma.

Insults work best when they are accurate.

That said, this would appear to be one area of the law (on evicting squatters) where this government has improved things. Fluke?

Mummylonglegs said...

Not being a home owner my self I may be going out on a limb here but why didn't the homeowners just kick the front door in. Cut off the gas and electric and sit there till the parasites fucked off. I have never understood the idea of going to court to get parasites out of your own home. Can you be arrested for kicking you own door in. Can you be arrested for terminating your own Gas/electric supply.

Mummy x

sobers said...

I have to say I've never understood why if you deprive me of the use of my car (for example) thats theft, and a crime, but if you deprive me of the use of my house, thats trespass, and a civil matter. Both are my 'property' so why should they be treated differently?

The law used to be worse than it is now - it used to be the case that you could go out and come home to find squatters, and you could do nothing if there was no sign of forced entry. It could take weeks or months to evict them. At least now you have a fast track system to deal with these people.

For once things have got better not worse!

Mrs R said...

The story continues here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1242998/The-Romanians-No-76-Well-pay-2-000-say-squatters-finally-evicted.html

Homeless, that is, apart from the house down the road. Before the police arrived yesterday, the two husbands disappeared into another house about 100 yards away with an estate agent's board outside.

Throughout the day, the women carried their five children (plus some kitchen equipment and one of their two TVs) down the street.

and

Last night the family turned down a council offer to have their 'housing needs' assessed - and the women left carrying blankets and possessions. Luminita made a one-finger gesture to photographers and told our interpreter they were 'going to stay with relatives'.

Mark said...

'Hmm, sounds like fraud to me, not to mention forgery.'

Almost certainly correct. The new 'Local Housing Allowance' is payable directly to tenants, not landlords. If this was paid in this instance, when there was no real 'landlord' to collect the rent, the question arises (it is Haringey Council after all)- was the allowance split 2 ways (landlord/tenant) or 3 ways (landlord/tenant and facilitating functionary in the Town Hall ) ?

I think we should be told- but will we ever ?

'Not all Romanians are Roma.
Not all Roma are Romanians.
Not all gypsies are Roma.'

True, of course, but 'Romanian' in this instance is clearly a euphemism for a gypsy from somehere east of Prague. On the TV reports of this case, the complexions and attire of the highly fertile females were unmistakeable.

JuliaM said...

"There is a now a fast track system for getting possession of your house..."

That's good to know.

"'Dream Home' In Tottenham????? Takes all sorts!"

It certainly wouldn't be my first choice, either! :)

"I may be going out on a limb here but why didn't the homeowners just kick the front door in."

I suspect the retribution from the police force would not be slow in coming if they did...

"I have to say I've never understood why if you deprive me of the use of my car (for example) thats theft, and a crime, but if you deprive me of the use of my house, thats trespass, and a civil matter. Both are my 'property' so why should they be treated differently?"

I can only assume it's some distinction made in the mists of time. Perhaps a new government might like to consider that? They do love making new laws, after all...