9:49 AM, 27th April 2020, About 2 years ago 19
I was hoping for some ideas on how I should be dealing with a situation where one person in an HMO is failing to abide by the lockdown social distancing rules.
It’s a 4 person house and the other 3 tenants are extremely upset and worried as according to them the 4th person keeps going out to visit his friends multiple times a week returning in the middle of the night. They feel he is showing a complete lack of respect for their health and his behaviour is putting them at risk.
He claims he is only visiting his pregnant partner less than once a week, she has a broken foot and he is doing her shopping for her to support her. She also lives in an HMO. As far as I can remember the government said couples should either move in together for the duration of lockdown or not see each other at all during lockdown.
I’ve suggested to all 4 of them that if it carries on one of us should inform the Police and let them sort it out. I have no idea what the Police would do in this situation, if anything. I’ve also asked the one with the pregnant partner if they have spoken to a Housing Officer at the Council. Again I have no idea if they could do anything.
I served a Section 21 at the end of November, so it is still valid, but will it expire before the Courts recommence or is it just frozen? The tenant in question has had a series of problems including multiple job losses (usually not at all his fault), depression and problems with claiming both legacy Benefits and UC.
There have been rent arrears for the last 20 months which have reduced significantly in the last few months while he was working and earning decent money. The arrears mainly occurred because of the problems with the Benefit claims. I’ve worked with him extensively to try to retain his tenancy, but I clearly can’t condone his current behaviour which seems to be illegal and is very upsetting for the rest of the household.
What action can I take?
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