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Eviction order reversed after media pressure

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14:28 CEST+02:00
An order to evict an 83-year old Sundsvall woman was this morning overturned at an extraordinary board meeting.

Maj Holmblad, who has lived in the flat for 65 years, has Parkinson's disease and was late paying her monthly fee on three occasions due to poor health.

The house board, part of the national HSB housing association, came in for serious criticism in the press and from HSB's central organisation when it decided on Friday to stick by its decision to evict Holmblad.

Many of Holmblad's neighbours came together at the weekend to demand that the board not put her flat up for sale. The board members also received a letter on Sunday from HSB's national association exhorting them to overturn the eviction order.

Over the last few days there has been an extensive media campaign aimed at putting pressure on the board to rethink its decision.

Speaking to Svenska Dagbladet this morning, the woman's lawyer, Fredrik Burwall, said, "Maj is very moved and almost overwhelmed by the support she has received since her story became known. It feels great that this is over. The board simply couldn't cope with the mass media pressure."

Paul O'Mahony

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