COVID-19 Renters’ Resources

Not sure about you, but this is our first time in a pandemic!?

This is an unprecedented situation. Whilst each (renter’s) situation is very particular to the individual and even though it might seem impossible, this is a collective and systemic issue. This is why we’ve put together a range of resources to help you with your situation, each individual’s actions count and we want to help.

SUMMARY OF TOOLKIT

As a small team of volunteer organisers, we’re working hard on campaigns for renters’ rights in Oxford. We organise regular open meetings to hear about your situation, join us on alternate Mondays at 6pm, or drop us a line and sign up to our mailing list.

It is more important than ever for you to know your rights, look at our Q&A for renters to know your rights during COVID-19.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am facing eviction, what should I do?
Have a look at our eviction checklist, for advice on what to do if you have been issued an eviction notice or are being threatened with eviction.

I’m struggling to pay rent, what should I do?
Write to your landlord using our template letter, to start a discussion about rent holidays or rent reductions.
Write to your lettings agency using our template letter to start a discussion about rent holidays and stopping visits.
Fill in our survey sharing your situation and we can assist you in talking to your landlord and others that can help.

I’m a landlord. I own a house but my tenants can’t afford the rent because of the Coronavirus crisis! What should I do? 

You could consider lowering or even eliminating rent for your tenants during this time? Have a look at our Q&A for Landlords during the Coronavirus for more answers.

KEY CONTACT DETAILS FOR RENTERS IN OXFORD

Private tenancy Officers at Oxford City Council (OCC)
Tenancy Relations: T6@oxford.gov. or 01865 252267
HMOs Relations: hmos@oxford.gov.uk

Councillors in charge of housing at OCC
Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery, and Councillor for Carfax – cllrahollingsworth@oxford.gov.uk
Mike Rowley, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing and Housing the Homeless and Councillor for Barton and Sandhills – cllrmrowley@oxford.gov.uk
Elizabeth Wade, Lib Dem shadow spokesperson for Housing and Homelessness, and Councillor for Wolvercote –  cllrlwade@oxford.gov.uk

Your MP
Anneliese Dodds, MP East Oxford – anneliese.dodds.casework@parliament.ukor
Layla Moran, MP Oxford West & Abingdon layla.moran.mp@parliament.uk

Renters’ groups in Oxford
Oxford Tenants Unionoxtenantsunion@gmail.com
Acorn Oxfordoxford@acorncommunities.org.uk

If you are showing symptoms or receiving uninvited visits from your landlord and/or letting agencies, we would invite you to display one of the below posters in your front door and windows.