Council tenants unable to pay communal heating bill are threatened with eviction.

Council residents in south London, particularly Lambeth, are reportedly facing eviction threats due to an inability to pay a 350% increase in heating bills.

Lambeth Council tenants have been served notices seeking possession of their properties after falling into significant arrears, with their homes heated by shared heat networks, not subject to Ofgem price caps, leaving them unable to switch suppliers.

The residents argue that they are unable to afford the substantial increases in heating costs, leading to rent arrears and eviction threats. Lambeth Council attributes the rise in bills to record-level global energy prices and claims that eviction would only be used as a “last resort.”

However, residents argue that the shared heat network leaves them vulnerable to significant cost increases, with limited options for affordability.

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