Campaigners marched to Barnet Borough Council’s housing offices to protest about evictions they say are “dividing communities".

Tenants living in Sweets Way, Whetstone have been forced to leave their homes over the past two weeks because of forthcoming redevelopment.

The former Army estate is owned by Annington, a private company that owns many former Ministry of Defence homes, but is leased to the Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Protesters gathered in Sweets Way to oppose evictions scheduled to take place this morning, but when bailiffs did not appear, they marched to Barnet House, in High Road, Whetstone, to demand action for people who face being made homeless.

A meeting was eventually held between Barnet Homes and two of the protesters.

One woman, who was due to be evicted with her 13-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son this morning, said: “I don’t have anywhere to go. I have lived here for five years. It was my daughter’s birthday on January 29 and she didn’t even celebrate it because of everything that’s going on.

“They are dividing communities. This is ridiculous. We are so tired, we don’t even have the energy for this.”

Dilan Kurt and her family were evicted last week, and are temporarily staying in a friend’s two-bedroom house.

The 24-year-old explained how her family had previously lived in Mill Hill, before being evicted to make way for a new housing development there.

She said that many private landlords refuse to accept them, as they receive housing benefit, and added that finding housing was “like playing lotto”.

Her twin sister, Dilem, said: “There’s no organisation. They did this at the last minute, but knew this was going to happen for two or three years. It’s very difficult. We cannot sleep on the streets.”

Fatma Karagoz, 22, who was evicted with her family last week and is temporarily staying with family in Enfield, said: “We have been here for nine years. We pay our tax, we pay our rent, and then they kick you out.”

One woman, who was evicted last week, said she had been offered accommodation in Birmingham.

She added: “They said you must go. How can they send me outside London? Everybody I know lives here, and my children go to school here.”

In a statement, Barnet Homes said: “The majority of households on Sweets Way were placed by the Housing Options Service having made homelessness applications. The accommodation was provided as temporary accommodation to discharge the Local Authority’s duty under S. 193 Housing Act 1996.

“Following tenants’ receipt of possession orders from Notting Hill Housing Trust , Barnet Homes has been approached by and has assisted families from 78 properties at Sweets Way.

“Barnet Homes has rehoused 40 families in total, five from Walden Way and 35 from Sweets Way. Of these 35 we have housed 32 in borough and three in neighbouring Brent. The 14 long-term temporary accommodation households remaining at Sweets Way will all be offered alternative temporary accommodation prior to their eviction.”