Demonstrators disrupted a property auction to protest against the sale of rental properties occupied by families with children.
Renters union Acorn staged the demonstration outside Liverpool Town Hall, where well-known agents and auctioneers Venmores were holding the sale.
Venmores had advertised the two properties as ideal for those looking to turn them into student house shares, increasing the amount of rent that could be brought in.
While some Acorn members protested outside the auction sale, others went to disrupt the sale.
An Acorn spokesperson said: “When the time came for our members’ homes to be sold, our members stood up and made clear that the properties being sold were family homes.
“Our members in the auction room made so much commotion that the sale of one of the homes had to be abandoned.”
The other home was sold, to a telephone bidder, and Acorn said it would monitor the situation and object to any attempts to evict the tenant.
A Liverpool councillor, Nick Small, was among the protesters.
He said: “I’m appalled that auctions like this where investors are being encouraged to evict longstanding tenants, including children, and increase rents by over 80%, are taking place.”
Cllr Small said that he has also raised concerns with Liverpool City Council that such auctions are being held at the town hall, which it owns.
However, Venmores auction director Ronan Connolly said: “At no time have Venmore Auctions encouraged landlords to evict tenants.
“We act as sales agents to owners of properties who want to sell via auction.
“These vendors have a legal right to sell their property.”
Connolly said that tenants have rights and are protected by law, but that if Cllr Small “deems these insufficient then his protest should be brought to Westminster, not against an employed auctioneer merely trying to process the sale and especially not against an owner of a property who is just trying to sell for personal reasons and has done absolutely nothing wrong”.