The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension U-turn.
In her letter Alicia Kennedy - the former Labour baroness who is the new director of the group - describes the body as “the national voice of private renters.”
She welcomes the government U-turn last week but wants to know:
- when will the new six months’ notice period (with the exception of cases of anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse) take effect?;
- does the government plan to update Civil Procedure Rules for courts, in order to fulfil its pledge to ensure that when proceedings resume they will “carefully prioritise the most egregious cases”?;
- what plans does government have to ensure tenants’ financial circumstances regarding Coronavirus are taken into account in repossession cases?;
- what plans does the government have to address what the Baroness calls ‘the rent debt crisis” which she claims involves 230,000 renters in arrears?; and
- when will the government issue general guidance on the extension of the eviction ban?
The campaign group director ends her letter to Jenrick saying: “Across the country, renters who have lost income due to Coronavirus are terrified of losing their homes when the ban is lifted and need reassurance from the government that they will continue to be protected.”