Ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

The government has announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus.

As a result of new emergency legislation, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Under the plans, landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus as a means to alleviate pressures.

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.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick 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.”