The government has announced an extension to a ban on evictions until 23 August 2020. The decision has been welcomed by many renters with gratitude and relief. On the other hand, a large number of landlords have been left alone to deal with antisocial behaviours at their properties as well as unpaid rent.
The extension announced on 05 June 2020 takes the suspension of evictions to a total of 5 months. This decision gives thousands of renters certainty and security in these difficult times. If, as a result of the pandemic, tenants are experiencing financial difficulties, it is expected that landlords will work with them to ensure results acceptable to both parties. For example, flexible rent payment plans or rent holidays (in part or in full). Landlords are urged to take into account individual circumstances of their tenants.
Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
“We have provided an unprecedented package of support for renters during this pandemic. Today, I am announcing that the government’s ban on evictions will be extended for another 2 months. That takes the moratorium on evictions to a total of 5 months.
Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.
We are also working with the judiciary on proposals to ensure that when evictions proceedings do recommence, arrangements, including rules, are in place to assist the court in giving appropriate protections for those who have been particularly affected by coronavirus – including those tenants who have been shielding.”
Unfortunately, some tenants are not happy. As research shows, many people are suffering because of antisocial behaviours of their neighbours. Especially, people living in shared accommodation can expect little help form landlords who are simply unable to remove disruptive tenants.
It is also believed that ultimately it is private tenants who will suffer the most when the lockdown is finally lifted. As experts explain, it might be difficult for tenants to find affordable accommodation if landlords do not gain confidence that they are able to get their properties back in legitimate circumstances.
Many landlords feel frustrated and powerless. Those who rely on their rental income to live have found themselves in difficult financial situation. There are also many landlords left with tenants who were not paying before the lockdown started. That means over 5 months of unpaid rent. It seems that private rented sector will suffer unprecedented damage if the government does not set out a plan for the market.
The majority of landlords are supporting their tenants. They do try and they do offer help. There are many examples of landlords who go above and beyond to make sure their tenants are able to keep their homes. For that reason, landlords become increasingly angry at the government for lack of support offered to them.
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