- Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

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Posted 18th Mar
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Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters


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Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place
No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis
Landlords will also be protected as 3 month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages

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.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, we have 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.

To support this announcement the government has worked with the Master of the Rolls to widen the ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings, to include private renters and to strengthen its remit. This will support the necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve disputes and landlords will have to reach out to tenants to understand the financial position they are in.

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. The National Housing Federation and Local Government Association have welcomed the new support for social renters and made clear that no one should be evicted because of the coronavirus.

This important step on buy to let mortgages ensures parity of support, further to the announcement yesterday that the government made for private mortgage holders. We are also announcing that those who have benefited from a government backed Help to Buy equity loan will be offered interest payment holidays if they are struggling to pay due to coronavirus.  

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

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This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month because they can...
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I know someone who's son just left uni now back living at home with parents. He has a tenancy for his flat for another 6 months. He asked landlord if he could end contract early. Landlord threatened him legal action
Deano46718/03/2020 21:50

I know someone who's son just left uni now back living at home with …I know someone who's son just left uni now back living at home with parents. He has a tenancy for his flat for another 6 months. He asked landlord if he could end contract early. Landlord threatened him legal action


Some.contracts have 6month early release so guess he didn't have the option. Surprised at the landlords actions as people will ways need to rent.
This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month because they can...
Bargainhead19/03/2020 08:29

This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month …This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month because they can...


Exactly, illegal evictions will be on the rise!
Bargainhead19/03/2020 08:29

This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month …This is open for abuse, how many people will just not pay for 3 month because they can...


They still have to pay after the 3 months
Good news for all the people that have spent their rent elsewhere for the last 6 months.
brendanhickey20/03/2020 00:48

They still have to pay after the 3 months


Yes the same as people who get payment holidays on their mortgage. The problem is people see it as free money and take the break now and blow the money, then get into more debt later on they can’t afford to pay. The amount of people where I work applying for mortgage holidays is stupid. But these are the people who are still going to the pubs...
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