Council works to prevent private evictions

Council works to prevent private evictions

Council works to prevent private evictions

In a bid to prevent evictions, North East Lincolnshire Council are urging all private landlords to seek support before evicting any tenants in the upcoming months.

At the beginning of the outbreak, evictions were suspended for three months.

This ban was subsequently extended in June, Until August 23.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick tweeted:

“We are suspending evictions from social & private rented accommodation by a further two months.

“Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.”

But, there are still concerns as figures are released which show national unemployment to have soared since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council officers have written to the Landlord Association, asking their members to get in touch with the Homelessness Prevention Service.

The Homelessness Prevention Service at North East Lincolnshire Council can help people to get their lives back on track with tenancy support, help to make benefits claims and debt counselling, as well as arranging for repayment and behaviour agreements between landlords and tenants.

Councillor John Fenty said:

“We’re aware that lots of people have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many will have seen their income fall and some may have found themselves without a job.

“The last thing we want is for people to made homeless because of this awful virus.

“We also recognise that landlords have bills to pay too, and evicting someone may seem like the only option to free up a property for a new tenant.

“What we want to do is work with landlords to make sure firstly that anything that can be done to prevent someone being made homeless is being done, and secondly, that if there is no support or intervention that we can offer to stop the tenant becoming homeless, we can at least arrange for some alternative emergency accommodation to be ready.

“My message to landlords is please work with us, let us know if you are considering serving an eviction notice and let us see what support we can put in place.”

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