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Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they fall into arrears, and are not being protected adequately.

Citizens Advice says it has identified “a series of gaps in protections which mean people unable to pay essential bills could fall into debt or face harsh enforcement.”

The charity claims that in contrast to the eviction ban period over the spring and summer, tenants now have less protection.

In Tier 1 areas that protection is the six month notice period and the increased Discretionary Housing Payments; in Tier 2 and Tier 3 the additional protection is that bailiffs shouldn’t enter properties to enforce warrants.

The charity wants tenants in Tiers 2 and 3 facing eviction to be given at least one month's notice when local restrictions come to an end before they are made to leave their home.

In addition it wants a national programme of government-backed grants and loans for tenants struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. Tier 3 areas should be prioritised for these new grants, it says.

Jamie McGlynn, a Citizens Advice manager in Manchester, says: “Now that many of the protections have been lifted, we’re seeing a surge in people contacting us for help as bailiffs, debt letters and eviction notices start up again. 

“Added to that, there have been a lot of redundancies announced in recent weeks and many people we help are working reduced hours because of the impact of the first lockdown.

“If we move into the ‘Very High’ tier without further protections in place, I’m worried about a perfect storm where people already struggling to keep their head above water financially are going to really suffer.”

“We’re also seeing lots of people whose income has dropped to nothing as they self-isolate. They’re hugely worried about the possibility of missing vital bills or running up rent arrears.”

No figures are given by the charity as to the increase in evictions.

Citizens Advice chief executive Dame Gillian Guy adds: “Lifting these protections was founded on the prediction that household finances would improve as the UK left lockdown. For many in the highest tier of Coronavirus restrictions, this will now simply not happen.

“… Help for people living in the areas of strictest lockdown is confusing, inconsistent and, in some areas, inadequate. As more parts of the country move into the highest tier of Coronavirus restrictions, a renewed package of protections and support is vital to keep people living there from falling into further debt.”

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    Citizens Advice, a misleading name since they do not regard landlords as citizens, but businesses, so will not give them advice!

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    The harder the enforcement the better.
    They have stolen money form a legitimate business.
    FULL STOP!
    Put them in gaol.

    They would to gaol for stealing anything else. Why not for stealing rent?

    Not my fault they never bothered to save for that inevitable rainy day.

    Mark Wilson

    I don't agree with your expectation of others. No one saves for a pandemic. If they had the resources to do so they for sure wouldn't be your tenant.

     
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    • 22 October 2020 17:41 PM

    @markwilson

    Of course they could still be a tenant of mine.
    Forget the results of a pandemic.

    ANY tenant in normal times should have at least a year's worth of normal domestic costs stashed away as savings.
    If any tenant spends on things that aren't essential and then finds themselves suffering from sudden income loss for WHATEVER reason then they would be feckless.

    Or income protection is available for a monthly premium.

    The reason tenants don't bother and live life high on the hog is they know the Govt effectively supports their fecklessness via the completely dysfunctional eviction process.

    Feckless tenants know they can live for free for months even years before a LL could remove them.

    So there is NO imperative for tenants to resource themselves in the event their normal income dries up.

    They know the Welfare system will be there to support them and they can still live for free in rental accommodation before the LL eventually manages to evict them.

    Believe me if the UK adopted the 14 day fast track eviction process that Australia uses there would be a rapid change in the attitudes of feckless tenants!!

    Of course no UK Govt would ever introduce such a fair and effective eviction policy like Australia.

    There is a societal fecklessness amongst UK tenants.

    This is facilitated by dysfunctional eviction and civil recovery regulations.

    LL are left to carry the can effectively subsidising feckless tenants

    Hardly fair.
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