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Council suspends evictions from permanent tenancies resulting from financial hardship

News release from 24/03/2020

IN LIGHT of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Cambridge City Council has taken the view that it would be morally wrong to seek eviction for council tenants in the midst of the current health crisis.

This is particularly the case as there will be tenants who are sick, self-isolating or suffering from financial difficulties as a result of their employment status and how the virus is impacting on this.

In anticipation of impending legislation in this area, the council has taken the proactive decision to suspend evictions from permanent tenancies resulting from financial hardship.

There may be other cases for eviction where community impact has to be considered but, in these instances, the council will judge each case on its merits and will comply with any legislation the government brings forward.

Any decision to recall cases will be taken when there is more clarity in relation to the public health crisis.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “The council remains committed to continuing its financial support services to our most vulnerable residents who are affected during this time.

“We are working hard to operate a service which is as near as possible to ‘business as usual’ for these customers.

“We are able to offer help and advice if you are experiencing difficulties in paying your rent during these uncertain times or finding it difficult to budget.

“If you need help please contact us as soon as possible on 01223 457000 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Friday and ask to speak to the Income Management Team.”