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Council Tenants Evicted for Rent Arrears

Published on Friday, 29th July 2022

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council was successful in taking back possession of a property on Wednesday 20 July 2022

A Possession Order was originally made by the County Court for rent arrears on 11 March 2020 against a property in Kingswood Road, Nuneaton but there was a stay of proceedings due to Covid, with recovery action unable to be undertaken.

A warrant of eviction was obtained, and an appeal against this was dismissed by the Court on Tuesday 19 July 2022 with the three-bedroom property now taken back to provide to a family.

A County Court Bailiff was instructed and attended on 20 July 2022, however, the tenant had vacated on arrival with locks then changed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Rent arrears are a burden on the local authority with a shortage of housing stock for families in need Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council cannot allow properties to be stood empty.

The authority endeavours to contact its tenants if they are experiencing any difficulty in paying their rent, so that it can try to help where it can, and work with them wherever possible.

Cllr Clare Golby, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities and Deputy Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“Eviction is always a last resort but in this case it was necessary. 

“I would like to reassure people that if any of our tenants are experiencing financial issues and paying rent is becoming a problem don’t ignore it. Get in touch with our housing team, we can help.

“Through our landlord services We can also offer advice or help to people in the private rented sector too.

“The earlier you ask for help the more chance there is of a good outcome.’’