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Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency Bill passed by Parliament yesterday.

Last week, the government pledged to introduce a 'complete ban on evictions and additional protections for renters' affected by coronavirus. 

However, the Coronavirus Bill merely extends the notice required for possession from two months to three: the Labour Party and campaign groups have complained about the change.

It’s unknown whether this was an error in drafting - the government is under extreme pressure currently - or an intentional change of mind.

This morning a Generation Rent spokeswoman said: "This legislation fails to deliver on these promises in every respect. All these measures do is extend the notice period for evictions to three months, which will provide little comfort to those faced with losing their homes in the midst of a pandemic. 

“Equally worrying is the lack of provision made for rent arrears, which will stack up in the three month period. Many renters will end up with thousands of pounds worth of debt and no means of paying it off. 

“Landlords and tenants are expected to 'work together' to find a solution to suit both parties from June onwards - but there's absolutely nothing to stop landlords from evicting tenants if they can't pay. Eviction is the leading cause of homelessness, so the government must act now to avoid another crisis in three months' time."

  • Simon Shinerock

    I’d like to evict Shelter

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    Yip, me too!

     
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    maybe they would like to cover the arrears , i think not

     
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    Government needs to pay total rent direct to landlords for those affected

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    100%

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    ‘Evictions are the leading cause of homelessness’

    Noooooo! Pure genius at work!

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    Not paying your rent and trashing your landlords property are the leading cause of homelessness.

     
  • Matthew Payne

    As predicted. Boris was far too vague in the commons the other day on this point, and the loose wording surrounding "landlords starting proceedings" suggested that they may not be removing a landlords ability to serve notice and here we are. There has been some energetic debate about supposed government sanctioned "rent holidays" and the implications for lenders and landlords, so it is useful to get some clarity for the time being at least and whether generation rent like it or not, it does afford tenants more protection getting us into the warmer months when the experts tell us the virus will be far less effective.

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    There is no evidence that the virus will be any less virulent in the summer months. It has been spreading in countries that have been in their summer months - Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other African and American countries south of the equator. If self employed/zero hour contract workers are renting they're unlikely to be able to afford to pay their rent for for the coming months. The government really needs to get to grips with this.

     
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    Does this mean I can serve S.21 today but just with a 3 month length on it?

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    Why on earth would anyone do that?

     
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    A landlord has come to me with a problem tenant £13.5k in arrears. World don’t stop turning, Sue. I presume you’re in the south.

     
  • Suzy OShea

    our morttgage companies won't give us a 'mortgage holiday'. Any mortgage payments that they don't claim will be added to the mortgage along with the continually accruing interest, which is no longer even tax deductible! Although three months of lost income certainly will be tax deductible. Personally, I'd rather have the rent and pay the tax.

  • Mark Wilson

    What with the back log and the courts closing, how long will the whole process take if a physical eviction is needed? A 3 month rent holiday rule would in those circumstances be a result.

  •  G romit

    "Eviction is the leading cause of homelessness...."
    NO, eviction is a consequence not a cause, when will Shelter, Generation Rent et al learn.
    Causes are rent arrears, damaging property, anti-social behaviour, or Landlords having to sell because of the result of Shelter lobbying to drive Landlords out of business.

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    Gen Igno Rent need a Reality check - and smell the coffee ( what do they expect Landlords to do ? )
    The Virus hasn''t made anything FREE, Everything has to be paid for by somebody, and whilst this may come as a surprise to many Tenants support groups, this responsibility falls to the Tenant !
    If the Govt are going to do anything meaningful, it would have To Pay the Tenants [ WHO ARE genuinely Affected by COVID-19 ] Rent, in Full.

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