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Homeless families forced out of hotels due to Beyoncé tour

A number of families put up in a hotel by Enfield Council have been forced out due to increased demands for accommodation during Beyoncé’s musical tour. The council says it waited too late to renew their stay.

Up to thirty homeless families will be forced out of temporary hotel accommodation due to a surge in demand for bookings ahead of Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour in the UK.

Enfield Council, which has been reserving 100 rooms at a local Travelodge for families struggling to find affordable housing, failed to anticipate the need for an early renewal of the families’ stay ahead of the concert.

At present, Travelodge rooms can only be booked for 28 days at a time. The Guardian reported that on previous occasions where big events had taken place, the council had moved the families to nearby locations on short notice.

With these rooms then listed as available online, concert goers quickly booked their overnight stays during the duration of Beyonce’s tour, which will take place on a total of five nights at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 29, 30 and June 1, 3 and 4.

As a result, the families will be forced to relocate to other parts of the country, only able to return to Enfield after June 4.


Two thirds of the Travelodge in Enfield is occupied by hard-up families, some living four to five people to each room.

Many of these families include individuals with disabilities, as well as young children who will be unable to attend school during the period of relocation.

It’s understood that a number of people assigned to live at the North London Travelodge had been forced to rely on the council after the cost of living crisis rendered them unable to pay their rent.

With landlords increasing rent costs as much as 16 percent during this period, it’s should hardly be surprising to anyone that many families have been left with no choice but to rely on government assistance.


Speaking on the situation, a spokesperson from Enfield council acknowledged that hotel accommodation is ‘not ideal for families,’ but are rather a temporary solution while suitable long-term options can be found.

They also acknowledged that the families had been placed in the hotel for longer than the legal limit allows, which is six weeks. However, with little resources, the hotel continues to allow bookings from the council rather than leave people homeless.

Speaking to the Guardian, those assisted likened management of the housing assignment system to ‘potluck,’ given that it’s highly unpredictable what their situation will look like from month to month.

It’s a highly unfortunate situation, one that will hopefully shed further light on the need for more affordable housing in London – and the entirety of the UK.

One might call it the need for a serious Renaissance.