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Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced on 5 June that the suspension of evictions would be extended for two more months

By Fraser Gregory  //  Tue 23rd June 2020
The government wants letting agents and landlords to work with tenants who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. Landlords are being asked to look at all possible options, including flexible payment plans which take account of a tenant’s circumstances.
The ban on evictions in England and Wales continues.
Landlords urged to share their experiences as evictions ban continues

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling on its members to write to their MPs, explaining the hardship faced by some landlords as the ban on evictions in England and Wales continues.

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced on 5 June that the suspension of evictions would be extended for two more months, meaning that landlords will be unable to start proceedings to evict tenants until late August.

The government wants letting agents and landlords to work with tenants who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. Landlords are being asked to look at all possible options, including flexible payment plans which take account of a tenant’s circumstances.

But according to the NRLA, landlords who had rent arrears before the lockdown face at least five more months without receiving any rent. The landlord body fears that some tenants will fail to pay, in the knowledge that eviction cannot happen.

The NRLA wants the government to make a clear statement that tenants who can pay their rent should do so. It also wants to see increases to Local Housing Allowance and the introduction of interest-free hardship loans to make sure that tenants can stay on top of their rent.

In addition, the association wants compensation for landlords where existing possession orders from the courts cannot be executed because of the pandemic. It also wants the courts to prioritise possession cases for arrears built up before lockdown and those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic violence.

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle says: “It’s essential [that] landlords’ voices are heard as the process for possessions is agreed. Tenants affected by coronavirus need to be supported, but it is equally important that landlords are able to regain possession in legitimate circumstances – for example anti-social behaviour.

“The government also needs to recognise the financial impact on individual landlords of significant rent arrears pre-dating the coronavirus measures – and of a further five months without payment. We are encouraging members to write to their MP – sharing personal experiences [can] carry a lot of weight.”

Read more about this story on the Letting Agent Today website.

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