Landlord illegally entered flat and tried to evict tenant in hospital with coronavirus

London resident Victor Ngo tells Ben Chapman how he was told by his landlord that his belongings would be moved out and he would be charged for the costs of removal – while he lay in a hospital bed

Sunday 31 May 2020 12:39
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Housing campaigners have warned of a ‘wave of homelessness’ when a temporary ban on evictions comes to an end next month
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Arriving back at his flat, having spent a fortnight in hospital with coronavirus, Victor Ngo was not expecting things to be easy.

A self-employed actor, the Malaysian national knew that the lockdown had shut off his sources of income and, despite the emergency, his work visa left him with no recourse to public funds so he couldn’t claim universal credit.

The uneasy choice between paying for food or rent was looming, he says.

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