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Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers to.

In a letter to the Housing Secretary,  Robert Jenrick, Khan has expressed his concern at the prospect of the current eviction ban coming to an end on August 23 and accuses the government of failing to protect those who have run up rental debts during the pandemic from eviction proceedings and homelessness.

And in his letter he refers to what he believes is the need by the government to take urgent action “to tackle illegal evictions and other unlawful practices by rogue landlords and letting agents.”


He also wants any landlord in receipt of a mortgage holiday to not levy any rent on their tenant during that period.

Khan says the government should also:

- introduce emergency legislation to prevent landlords serving eviction notices to any tenants affected by COVID-19 until the end of the pandemic;

- introduce further economic protection for renters affected by COVID-19 by enhancing welfare benefits to cover any shortfall in rental payments of private tenants unable to pay them due to Coronavirus, including arrears;

- preventing agents and landlords from serving section 8 notices where tenants have accrued arrears as a result of the pandemic;

- scrapping S21 evictions;

- providing additional funding and guidance for councils to accommodate all households presenting as homeless as a result of the pandemic, including those not covered under emergency legislation, such as lodgers.

A statement from the Mayor’s office says: “Time is running out to help [tenants] and a once in a generation opportunity to reboot the rental market in favour of tenants is at risk of being missed.”

  • jeremy clarke

    How long before this clown is out of office and on his way to live in some communist country?
    Terrible record as mayor of London, enemy of every landlord he needs to just go away!

    • 14 July 2020 15:28 PM

    By rights he should not be there at all.
    He has had a free pass for a full year.

    To me I feel that to be in a position as unelected is a fraud of the most harmful to all.

    Algarve  Investor

    @David Crisp - he would have got back in comfortably. The polls had him way, way ahead. Rory Stewart was doing a good job of splitting the Tory vote, the Lib Dem candidate and Sian Berry - while impressive - weren't cutting through, and Shaun Bailey was a Brexiteer in a Remain city.

    London is a Labour city these days, whether you like it or not. In fact, all major cities tend to be Labour, so they must be doing something right in those areas.

    Also, I'm interested to know your alternative to Khan staying on after the mayoral elections were cancelled. What should have happened? Should he just have been kicked out of office? And replaced with who? He has a free pass, but I'd be very surprised if that didn't turn into another four years in City Hall (or three years, if they decide to keep to the usual terms).

  • icon

    As usual no proof whatsoever. I could make claims about Citizen Khan without hard facts to back them up, but then I am a decent person and wouldn’t do that.

    He should be told to provide proof or to go back to worrying about knife crime etc since that is his real job.

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Khan might as well say he saw a 'pig flying across the sky'
    Put up or shut up, is I think the appropriate term.

  • Graham Dickaty

    “...reboot the rental market in favour of tenants...” i.e. to the (increased) disadvantage of the landlords? Why not drop the euphemisms and come out with his real intentions?

    • 15 July 2020 10:59 AM

    Which are to introduce rent controls.
    That worked well last time they were used didn't it!!!!!!!!!??


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