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Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

One of the rental sector’s highest-profile trade bodies has accused pro-tenant group Generation Rent of needlessly scaring renters with the spectre of homelessness.

As we report elsewhere on Letting Agent Today, Generation Rent today claims that homelessness will treble due to rent arrears built as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the National Residential Landlords Association says this analysis wrongly assumes that landlords are doing nothing to support tenants to stay in their homes where rent arrears are building.

Independent polling for the NRLA of over 2,000 tenants across England and Wales found that 90 per cent have been able to pay their rent as usual since the Coronavirus crisis began. 

Most - 82 per cent - had no need to ask their landlord for any support. Of those that did ask, three quarters received a positive response. 

The NRLA argues that this shows that concerns over a spike in evictions once the current ban is lifted are unfounded.

The same polling, conducted by Dynata, shows that three per cent of tenants said that whilst they previously had no rent arrears, they have had to reduce the amount they pay in rent since the COVID-19 outbreak began. 

One per cent of such tenants with no rent arrears prior to the pandemic said they had stopped paying their rent altogether. A further one per cent said that they had rent arrears building prior to lockdown, which have continued to increase.

“Our survey reflects what we know from our members, which is that nearly all are seeking to support tenants to stay in their homes. Given that some 30 per cent of landlords have reported facing some level of financial hardship, they will do all they can to sustain tenancies” explains Chris Norris, policy director for the NRLA.

“That said we do support calls to boost the finances available to tenants who are struggling to pay their rent, especially as the furlough scheme begins to wind down. This should include ensuring that benefits cover the cost of rents.”  

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    • 01 July 2020 15:40 PM

    Lets face it. With the lockdown, despite getting 80% salary and staying at home doing nothing, these renters are living it up buying items online whilst those of us homeowners are keeping low profile buying using second hand items instead of spending hundreds to entertain themselves at home like the renters do. Obviously those who already got arrears are financially irresponsible and should be looking at social housing which are the responsibility of the government to pay up for them, not fob off to the private rental sector and waiting for the small landlord to go bust thereby creating more homelessness. Why are the local authority spending millions on temporary housing instead of building housing to house these people??? Is that even financially viable way to use taxpayers hard earn money???

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