A London council has sent an open letting to its buy to let landlords urging them to show understanding to tenants whose income has been hit by Coronavirus.
As part of the Coronavirus Act 2020 landlords are urged to discuss arrears resolution with tenants in a bid to ensure no-one loses their home as a result of the outbreak.
Now Wandsworth council housing spokesman Councillor Kim Caddy says landlords should “take a positive and understanding approach to tenants who may be struggling through no fault of their own.”
Caddy writes: “Government legislation is very clear and the court system is aligned to preventing the eviction of social and private sector tenants at this time of national emergency. The risks arising from eviction are too great for households, particularly those who may be at higher risk from Coronavirus.
“These are particularly challenging times for those whose work and livelihoods have been affected by the necessary lockdown we are living through. Equally, many private landlords rely on the income they derive from rents to pay the bills.
“I have three key messages: Firstly, we at the council are focused on ensuring that legislation on evictions during this time is fully observed with support available for those threatened with homelessness.
“Secondly, there are financial and money advice services available supported by the council for those struggling. I would urge residents to use these services to see what benefits they may be entitled to.
“Thirdly, it is always good to talk. It is all too easy to ignore a problem until it is too late. If you are having a problem paying rent speak to an advice service and talk to your landlord to see whether they are willing to offer some flexibility.”