Ian Forest has only weeks left now in the home he has privately rented for eight years. Coronavirus protections that have kept people like him safe from bailiff evictions end on May 31 in England. For the first time in his life, Ian, a wedding and events DJ who lost all his income during the pandemic, faces homelessness. Victoria Hutton, a lone parent with four children, is also facing eviction from her council home. After her cleaning business failed during the pandemic, she has struggled on Universal Credit because of the Benefit Cap. Forced to survive on food parcels during lockdown, Covid has been a nightmare. "I am desperate not to lose my home," she says. Housing law specialists Landlord Action are predicting an "eviction avalanche" starting on June 1 as bailiff-led evictions begin again, and the courts face breaking point. With just two months to go, cases are already building up in the courts, with Shelter warning of an "evictions crisis". Ian’s last DJ job was March 2020 ( Image: COLLECT) In Scotland, most tenants are safe from eviction until the end of September, and Welsh tenants are protected until the end of June. There have been around 20,000… Read full this story
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