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Estate agents refuse to sell flats on estate where residents are involved in a battle against eviction

Estate agents are refusing to sell flats on a housing estate where residents are involved in a battle against eviction.

The boycott by agents is the latest twist in a dispute between landlord and tenants on the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow, east London.

More than 60 homes were sold by housing charity Glasspool to a property firm earlier this year.

Many of the tenants are low income families who fear being made homeless after their new landlord, Butterfields E17 Ltd, threatened legal action to evict them.

The estate is on the edge of the desirable 'Walthamstow Village'. The two-bedroom flats sell for around £350,000.

Half a dozen estate agents are now refusing to market the flats after being contacted by the tenants' action group.

Having learnt of the residents’ concern, we have decided to withdraw our services on this occasion. Looking after the communities we operate in is an integral part of our company ethos.

– FOXTONS

Kings Group has strong links and has always been a strong and active supporter of the local community. We have no involvement with the developer.

Our sympathies lie with the Butterfields Won't Budge campaign and our thoughts are with all residents on the estate at this time.

– KINGS GROUP

ITV News visited the luxury home in Chigwell, Essex, said to be the registered address of Butterfields E17 Ltd but was told the directors were not available.