Laura Sharman 30 March 2020

Housing tenant issued Britain’s first ‘coronavirus injunction’

The first ‘coronavirus injunction’ has been issued to a housing tenant in Manchester for breaking rules on social distancing.

The housing association, Mosscare St Vincent’s, took urgent legal action after the tenant allowed an excessive number of visitors to come and go from his property, and held noisy parties for up to 20 people.

The injunction prevents the tenant from allowing any visitor apart from their children to visit the property until Government rules have been relaxed.

Matt Jones, director of customers at Mosscare St Vincent’s said: ‘Residents must realise that the restrictions put in place by the Government are to minimise the spread of the virus and must be adhered to.

’We will continue to take appropriate action to ensure that residents living in our communities are kept safe during this time of unprecedented risk.’

Amy Stirton, associate solicitor at Forbes Solicitors, added: ‘The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides an array of tools that can be utilised by landlords during this national emergency and this case demonstrates that whilst the court is now compelled to suspend proceedings relating to possession cases, it is still prepared to take steps to ensure that members of the public are protected.’

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