The government has announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.
Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period.
As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.
The Government has also confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced yesterday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus.
This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.
At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.
The government will also issue guidance which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “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.
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords association said: “Landlord groups welcomes government support. We recognise the exceptional circumstances and we will work collaboratively with government to ensure these measures protect both landlords and tenants.”
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “We welcome government’s extra support for renters.
“We understand some people living in social housing will be concerned about how they’re going to pay rent and we want to reassure them that no one in a housing association home will be evicted due to coronavirus.
“If you are concerned about your ability to pay, please contact your housing association who will want to support you.
“Rent is really important to not-for-profit housing associations – this money allows them to carry out essential repairs and maintenance work and provide support services to people in their homes.
“Where people’s circumstances change due to the coronavirus, the welfare system must step in to ensure they can pay their rent and have money to live off.
“Housing associations will continue to work closely with residents to help them manage their rent and ensure they can access all benefits they are entitled to.
“We want to work with government to ensure there is support in place for housing associations dealing with any loss of income from rent.”