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We’re forced to live in our car after being evicted – we did nothing wrong

A COUPLE have been forced to live in their car after being made homeless.

Friday Quick was happily living with her two sons when they were told they were being turfed out through a so-called no-fault eviction notice.

Friday Quick and Richard Warrior in front of the car they live in
The couple sleep on the front seats and wash in service stations

The family were given just months to find somewhere else to live or face sleeping on the streets, KentOnline reports.

Thankfully, Fridays’ kids bagged a new home by the deadline of July 8, but the mum and her partner Richard Warrior weren’t so lucky.

Despite applying for flats through the council and private landlords, they found themselves with nowhere to go.

They say they were repeatedly turned down due to their lack of savings and guarantor, but on October 27 they were still given the boot.

The pair, from Chatham, Kent, are now living in their Audi with only handful of appliances they can’t use, and taking showers at service stations whenever they can.

They sleep by putting blankets up to block out light from the front window and then recline the front seats covered in pillows.

Friday, 50, who has been out of work for two years due to her health, said: “It is degrading. It is the simple things like going to the toilet.

“We have been living off sandwiches, crisps and fruit so we are not starving. We have just bought a flask so we can have hot water.”

Dad-of-four Richard, 49, a fencer who is currently unemployed, added: “We do not feel safe when we are sleeping.

“We just want somewhere safe to live, that is all we are asking for.

“We just want a place we can call home and just enjoy our lives.”

The couple were issued a Section 21 notice – known as a no-fault eviction – in March.

The law allows landlords to ask tenants to leave without giving a reason if they are outside of a rental contract.

While Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has said these kinds of evictions should be banned, the rules currently still apply.

Friday and Richard are working tirelessly with the council and estate agents to secure a property.

They say many landlords refuse to take them as they aim to pay the deposit and first month’s rent through a Private Rented Sector (PRS) scheme, which helps people facing financial difficulty secure privately rented accommodation.

But they also don’t meet the criteria for emergency accommodation.

A Medway Council spokesperson said: “We are committed to helping Medway’s residents who have nowhere to live.

“We commission a range of accommodation and support for people with nowhere to live and work with a range of partners in the private and social housing sectors to help prevent residents from becoming homeless, this includes providing financial support.

“In line with national guidance, residents can also apply to be on our housing register.

“We assess everyone’s circumstances and prioritise those with greater housing needs; this includes people who are homeless or have medical needs.

“We would encourage anyone who is homeless, or who is at risk of becoming homeless to visit Kingsley House in Gillingham to access the specialist advice and support available to them.”

The couple’s belongings in the back of their Audi
Friday and Richard put up blankets to keep the light out at night

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