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COURT RULES SALFORD MAN WRONGLY EVICTED BY SALIX HOMES AFTER HE SPENT NINE MONTHS ON THE STREETS
 

Star date: 22n June 2018

HE LOST HIS HOUSE, HIS JOB AND ALMOST HIS LIFE WHEN SALIX EVICTED HIM AND BINNED ALL HIS PERSONAL POSSESSIONS

"The current proceedings should never have been brought" Deputy District Judge Thexton

A judge has ruled that Salix Homes was wrong to have evicted tenant Graciano Mantato last September. Since then Graciano has been homeless, living on and off the streets, lost his job and his health, and has considered taking his own life.

Now Graciano is back in his house in Ordsall except that the place has been stripped bare and all his personal possessions, including photos and clothes, have been put in the bin. The judge also slammed Salix staff for use of "inappropriate language" when referring to Graciano.

Full details here...


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"I lost my job, my house, I couldn't see my children...I woke with fear of collapsing..."

When Salix Homes tenant Graciano Mantato was evicted from his Ordsall home last September it was well documented in the media. Having been evicted from his house, Graciano took to sleeping in his hired work van which he parked outside the Salix office.

He was subsequently evicted from his van, which meant losing his job as a delivery driver, and spent the next nine months sleeping in car parks, bus stations and on the streets.

The Salford Star, Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, and the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre took up Graciano's case, helping him to seek short stays in hostels but the overall affect took its toll.

Graciano, who was in perfect health before the eviction, collapsed in the street on dozens of occasions and considered taking his own life...

"I lost my job, my house, I couldn't see my children...I woke with fear of collapsing but no-one at the hospital could trace why; it's got to be Salix" he says "Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Alec McFadden at the Centre are wonderful people, they actually kept me alive.

"They gave me good counselling and it was through them that I decided I wouldn't take my own life because of this shame that Salix put me through" he adds "I've got children...they saw me homeless in all the newspapers and on tv. But Salix shouldn't even have evicted me..."

Last week Deputy District Judge Thexton agreed with him, as he won his case against Salix Homes, on a breach of substantive law, as the company should never have issued the warrant of possession while there was an 'extant order'... "The current proceedings should never have been brought" said the judge, who ordered that the house be returned to Graciano.

Last week, he moved back in, only to find everything had been stripped out carpets, curtains, even a false ceiling, and there was evidence of mould and damp on the walls. While big items, like beds and tables, were in storage, all Graciano's personal possessions had been taken to the tip, including photographs of his family and clothes.

Graciano is currently sleeping on the bare floor in a sleeping bag... "This is safer than the streets" he says "They took everything."

Alec McFadden, who was present during a meeting at the house with Salix Homes and Graciano, says Salix will now have to put it all right...

"We agreed one hundred per cent on the renovation repairs as well as decorating, new flooring and furniture being brought back to make the house fit for him to continue his life" he explains "His personal items - clothes, cutlery, photos, DVDs - are all missing and the representative of Salix admitted that they took them to the Salford tip. Neither of us were happy or understood why that happened.

"I am quite happy that within two weeks we'll be in position where Graciano can live normally" he adds "He just won't have any clothes to wear."

The judge also slammed Salix staff for "inappropriate language" in their dealings with Graciano, revealed through court disclosures, saying things like he'd 'lost any grip of reality', was 'having a laugh' and 'doesn't sound well'...although, strangely, the judge added that "I do not accept there was any particular animosity towards, or oppression of the Defendant"...

Which isn't quite how Graciano sees it... "They just seemed determined to evict me" he says "If they're the company that provides houses for the people why would they want to make me homeless? They're really cruel people.

"I can see this as a battle I haven't won yet because I think they will find any other reasons to evict me" he concludes "And I shouldn't be dealing with that."

A spokesperson for Salix Homes told the Salford Star: "After taking legal advice, we are unable to comment any further on the case until all legal proceedings have concluded."


For a full background on Graciano's case see previous Salford Star article click here

Bob Salford Tory Councillor wrote
at 07:44:19 on 27 June 2018
I am starting to despair. This man is a human being. How can any Government, council over see this sort of treatment?. I ashamed

AND EVEN MORE TO THIS STORY wrote
at 06:13:28 on 25 June 2018
Well, all the great housing providers in this city,Salix ,City west, Pendleton togeother all got their houses and flats for nothing from the council. This was on condition they did them up. All these people have done is cheaply botched things up so their bosses can get better wages than the prime minster. If anyone wants something for nothing its these greedy turds at the top. If our Labour council were going to give houses away for nothing,they should have given them to the people living in them, I am sure more than a few would have made a better job doing them up than the providers do.I know what I'm talking about, I am a spark and you only have to look at the way these people rewire the houses. Anyone out there pleased with a housing provider rewire?

Bob the regular wrote
at 06:12:28 on 25 June 2018
This man of boundless compassion and decency, that Phil goes on about, would he like to give his great admirer a few tips on how people like Phil can get a more compassionate provider of housing, like the one he himself has on the block where he lives.

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 20:19:48 on 24 June 2018
I am a tenant of Salix Homes, and I can honestly say that they are a law unto themselves and don't give a fart about their tenants. I suspect that Salix will rightly have to compensate this man. And that is only right and proper. What I can't understand is why Graziano didn't make an appointment to see Mayor Paul. I'm sure that Mayor Paul would have gone out on a limb to help Graziano. That's the kind of man Paul is. A Socialist of the greatest kind. Not some raving Trotskyist type of character, who has no understanding whatsoever of how the world works; no, but a man of boundless compassion and decency. Trust me People, Graziano would have been wise to call Paul.

THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORY wrote
at 20:17:41 on 24 June 2018
AND WILL HE BE ALLOWED TO LIVE RENT FREE!!! SOME PEOPLE THINK SOCIAL HOUSING IS FOR FREE AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY. HE WAS EVICTED AS HE DID NOT PAY HIS RENT BUT NO DOUBT HE WILL BE ALLOWED TO RACK UP EVEN MORE DEBT WHILST SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY PAY RENT.

Bob the regular wrote
at 21:41:05 on 22 June 2018
The facts speak for themselves in this case. When will people learn the lesson?

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