A NUMBER of families face an uncertain future as their privately rented homes are due to be demolished.
Harrow Council has made a compulsory purchase order of 12 homes in Mill Farm Close, which would be demolished as part of a scheme for a mixed development of 158 social and private housing, some of which is already under construction.
All council tenants on the estate will be rehoused in the new development and the remaining flats will be offered to potential homeowners, however, families who rent from the private landlords will have to leave.
Many have registered for a council house but have been told they may have to leave the borough or London completely as other people on the register have a higher priority.
Pinner ward councillor Stephen Wright said: “An issue has been raised with the local council to do with the allocation of new properties to existing tenants and which could potentially leave some of them homeless.
“I am looking into this with the housing department to try and identify an amicable solution.”
Akhtar Parvaiz, who rents privately on the estate with his wife, Rahila, said he is worried about what will happen to him and his wife.
The 58-year-old said: “I would like to live on the new estate but if there are people with higher priority than me they should be given it. It should be fair.”
A spokesman for Catalyst Housing Group said: “Catalyst housing are working in partnership with the London Borough of Harrow to regenerate Mill Farm Close and to re-house all the original tenants and resident leaseholders on the estate in the brand new properties.
“Although at this stage it will appear in the latter stages of the regeneration there will be surplus additional housing not needed for existing tenants and resident leaseholders, the nomination rights to these properties are retained by the London Borough of Harrow.
“There are a few remaining private tenants on the estate that Harrow Council are now working with to make sure an appropriate solution is found for their rehousing needs, which will not be until the latter part of 2013.”
The compulsory purchase order, which was made in September last year, was reviewed during a public inquiry at Harrow Civic Centre last week because the private landlords have failed to reach an agreement with Catalyst Housing Group and Harrow Council about the price they should be offered for their properties.
Reuben Taylor, counsel for Harrow Council said at the inquiry landlords had been offered the full open market value of the property plus 10 per cent if the leaseholder or resident moves off the estate.
Mr Taylor said: “If any of the properties in the order land are excluded from the order, regeneration of the estate will be frustrated.”
A decision on the order will be made eight weeks after the planning inspector submits his report on the public inquiry. However, there is no time limit on when the planning inspector can submit his report.
A council spokesman said it expects between 10-15 family sized homes to become available on the new estate for letting through Locata Home, the council’s housing scheme.
She said: “The housing association is identifying those households that are renting privately and advising the council of their details. The council’s housing advisers are speaking to these households to help and advise them on their housing options.
“These households are private tenants that have no automatic or legal right to move into the new social housing homes on the estate.
“Any empty homes will be advertised on Locata Home and let to those in the most need. Harrow Council has very few properties available to let, so we need to take each individual case on its own merits. However, we are happy to discuss this with residents who may need more information or reassurance.”