The actions of British Waterways - the organisation that officially acts as a landlord for a number of canal-side properties in Bromsgrove - have come under scrutiny.

According to the Bromsgrove Advertiser, people living in these homes in Tardebigge New Wharf are on short-term tenancy agreements and have been told that the properties are being sold over their heads.

Councillors and the tenants themselves feel that the move by British Waterways is unfair because they believed that the former canal workers' residences would never be put on the market.

Bromsgrove's MP Julie Kirkbride said: "[Tenants] have not been offered the chance to buy [the homes] and some could be left with as little as two months' notice to leave."

And with some people having lived in these properties for around 20 years, she called on the owners to behave more humanely.

This 'eviction' comes as various other landlord-tenancy issues have been debated nationwide in recent months.

Many property industry commentators have warned private landlords of the potential effect rising unemployment may have on their businesses, as an increasing number of renters could be at risk of losing their jobs and being unable to afford landlord rent as a consequence.

Written by Sarah Field

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