Eviction ban extended, but people across our community still facing homelessness The eviction ban put in place as lockdown began has been extended until the 20th September. But hundreds of households in Buckinghamshire are finding that their income doesn’t cover their outgoings and the worry that they could be facing homelessness is building. James Boultbee, our CEO, said: "A further month-extension to the eviction ban will be welcome to many households in Buckinghamshire who fear they may be at risk of homelessness when this finishes. "But we believe it is hugely important that this time be used by the government to make a clear plan which will achieve what they said in March at the beginning of all this: that no one should lose their home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic." It was also announced on Friday that notice periods which landlords must give if they want to evict will be extended to six months. James said: "Unfortunately there are few details on how this will work as yet, whether this can be retrospectively applied to notices which have already been given seems to be unknown. We hope for an announcement as soon as possible on this." What is homelessness? Homelessness doesn't just mean living on the streets. If you don't have a home of your own - perhaps temporarily staying with friends and relatives - you are viewed as being homeless or vulnerably housed which means you can get help from us. We may be able to arrange for other organisations to help you too. We can help you If you’re worried about being made homeless and you want help with legal advice, negotiating with your landlord, ensuring you’ve claimed all the benefit you might be entitled to, making sure that you get all the statutory help you might be entitled to and range of other things, get in touch. We offer support and advice over the phone, by email, by video call and we will do whatever works for you. Call: Homelessness prevention line 01494 447699 Mon – Fri, 10am - 4pm. Email: [email protected] Online Contact form by clicking here. If you have 'no recourse to public funds' you still have rights and there may be help available for you and all of our services are available to you. Know your rights Many people are not aware of their rights as tenants: Here are some important things you need to know if you are a tenant and are at risk of losing your home. Always put your safety first. You have rights. If you rent your home (and don't live with your landlord) you cannot be evicted until a court says so. If you have to leave your home to keep safe, do so, but read on for more information. Illegal evictions and harassment from your landlord are crimes. If you are being illegally evicted or harassed call the police. Don't leave your home just because you've been told to. Doing so when you don't have to may affect your rights to help getting somewhere else. Try to keep hold of all the paperwork related to your tenancy and deposit. You are not alone. We will walk through this with you. Many people who come to us for help end up being able to stay in their homes. How you can help If you know someone worried about their home, please encourage them to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Many people who are at risk of homelessness now have never been in this position before and may not know where to turn for help. Tell them about us. Share our posts on social media; ask us for a poster and put it where you think people will see it - a GP surgery, a supermarket, a community notice board for instance. You can donate money to us so we can continue to be here to help for as long as we are needed. Click here to give today. You can pray for the people who may be facing homelessness and for our work and encourage people at your place of worship to do the same. Thank you.