NHS Paramedic Evicted By Text Because Landlord Worried Of Coronavirus Risk
Hero Joseph Hoar is working as a paramedic for the South Western Ambulance Service during the coronavirus crisis, but that didn't stop his landlord kicking him to the curb - and by text message, no less.
Taking to social media after she instructed him to move out of his home and stay in an Airbnb, Joseph shared the text message he'd received in disbelief.
It read: "Actually joe on reflection I am now super nervous about having someone from the Nhs here. As it's only a matter of time before u r in contact with the virus.
"Can u organise an Airbnb and collect your stuff tomorrow. Sorry I normally would never do this but it's not worth the risk. I'll charge you for the week and refund everything. Hope u understand. Kind regards".
When you work as a paramedic for the NHS and you get evicted over a text by your land lady. Because of this I now won't be able to work my 12hr night shift tomorrow, so that means one less paramedic on the road. At these unprecedented times we need our NHS demand more than ever. pic.twitter.com/gfxbIykElq
- Joseph Hoar (@joseph_hoar) March 21, 2020
Captioning the tweet, which has since amassed a whopping 17,000 retweets and over 52,000 sympathetic 'likes,' Joseph wrote: "When you work as a paramedic for the NHS and you get evicted over a text by your land lady.
"Because of this I now won't be able to work my 12hr night shift tomorrow, so that means one less paramedic on the road. At these unprecedented times we need our NHS demand more than ever."
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Taking to Twitter in a rage after reading the texts, people were quick to back the struggling doctor.
"Absolutely disgusting! Thanks for all you do, Joseph. Solidarity!," one person wrote after reading the interaction online.
Meanwhile, many advised the doctor that the landlord wasn't legally allowed to evict him, and even kindly offered Joseph a room to stay in, should he still be looking.
It comes after the homeless charity Shelter reportedly saw a sharp rise in calls for help from those facing housing issues as a result of coronavirus.
Last week, it was announced that new evictions from either social or privately rented accommodation are to be suspended for at least the next three months, thanks to emergency legislation passed by the government.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick promised: "The government is clear - no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.
"These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage. Which is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started.
"These changes will protect all renters and private landlords ensuring everyone gets the support they need at this very difficult time."
You can make a donation to Shelter here.
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