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Help us fight Raglan cruel decision on Nigel Dunn

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Nigel has lived with his brother-in-law and his sister, in a Raglan house, for 10 years. Nigel gave up his own home to care for his family, as his brother-in-law Jack had lung cancer and his sister Sheila had had a brain tumour and had heart problems. After several health issues, Nigel is now registered disabled himself too. After Jack died, on 2nd March 2011, Sheila applied to Raglan for forms to replace Jack's name on the tenancy agreement with her brother Nigel's. RAGLAN SAID THIS WOULD BE FINE AND THAT SENDING THE FORMS BACK WAS JUST A FORMALITY. The forms finally arrived 4 months later and were signed and returned the same day. However, Sheila died suddenly on 30th July and the day after the funeral the housing association served Nigel with a 28 day notice to quit. Nobody at Raglan could initially tell him why this had been served on him, including the housing officer that served him with the notice personally, but after a few days of constant phone calls from Nigel the Raglan manager for our area gave him the reason that the house was under occupied. The initial notice to quit was served on him on a rent arrears form, labelling him as the tenant. Soon afterwards, Raglan replaced this with a new notice to quit, labelling him as a lodger as they realised he had rights as a tenant. When this was queried, Raglan said they had decided that they would not put Nigel's name on the tenancy agreement, despite previously saying it was fine, as they could only allow one change to the tenancy agreement. THEY DECIDED THAT REPLACING A NAME ON A TENANCY AGREEMENT CONSTITUTED 2 CHANGES, SO THEY REMOVED JACK'S NAME BUT DIDN'T PUT NIGEL'S ON! In Raglan's handbook it clearly states that removal of a deceased person's name from a tenancy is automatic, so this does not constitute a requested change. RAGLAN ARE EVICTING A 56 YEAR OLD DISABLED MAN ON A TECHNICALITY, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT DONE THEIR JOB PROPERLY AND WANT TO REACH OCCUPANCY TARGETS! Nigel has nothing left now, other than his home and his sister's dog, which Raglan have said he will have to get rid of in order to be considered for sheltered accommodation......which there is no guarantee he will get. His neighbours are the only close 'family' he has left and with the devastation he has gone through in the past few months, he is relying on them heavily for care and support. Please help us stop Raglan from ruthlessly taking his home away - it's all he has left and Raglan are just being cruel and negligent! We are struggling to find legal help due to the size of Raglan Housing - a lot of Solicitors won't touch such a big organisation, so Raglan are becoming a law unto themselves as they think they are untouchable. If we don't stop make them stop and listen, this will keep happening to other people. It could be you next - please help us make this stop.

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