Demonstrators protested inside an agency – by playing Monopoly.
The protestors, members of renters’ union Acorn, went into Property Plus, in Hove, to demand that a Section 21 notice be rescinded.
Property Plus said that the demonstrators were behaving like “playground bullies” while Acorn said it was defending its members against ‘no fault evictions’.
Acorn live-streamed its members going into the branch, showing the moment that the two sides exchanged words in what the local paper describes as a fiery verbal contribution.
Acorn claimed that the Section 21 notice was contributing to the homeless crisis.
However, the agent said that it had simply been ordered by the landlord who wanted his property back.
Speaking to the local press, a spokesperson for Property Plus said: “We are really, really hurt. Devastated really.
“We gave the tenant as much notice as possible and even offered to help find him accommodation.
They came in together and started filming. It reminds me of school – playground bullies who go around in gangs.”
An Acorn spokesman said: “Our member is facing a no fault eviction which will mean that he will lose his home.
“As a union we are committed to defending our members when they are served with no fault eviction notices and have campaigned for Section 21 to be abolished.
“Our actions are a measured response to Property Plus who are evicting somebody from their home.
“During our visit we played a short game of Monopoly whilst waiting for them to resolve the issue.
“We thought it would be funny to play a game which involves buying properties and exploiting renters whilst in a lettings agents.”
Comments on The Argus story show comments mostly in support of the agents, with one saying: “Disgusting that Acorn think it’s okay to bully and harass people in their workplace.”
Another post described Acorn as “serial protestors who would serve the common good rather better by actively seeking employment and making a tangible contribution to society”.
A third said that playing Monopoly demonstrated Acorn’s “maturity of approach as there’s nothing funny about trying to intimidate people”.
Another called them “work-shy anarchists” and praised the agency’s staff for handling “this mob with dignity and knowledge of the law”.