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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson’s “help” for renters could still lead to 20,000 evictions

Government legislation to “protect” tenants amid the coronavirus crisis could still lead to 20,000 evictions, housing charity Shelter has warned.

Boris Johnson’s government has passed a law – suspending rental evictions for three months, by extending the period of notice that landlords must give to evict their tenants.

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However, Shelter has said this “help” doesn’t go far enough, and could still result in tens of thousands of people losing their homes.

The charity said that around 20,000 eviction proceedings are already in progress, and are not protected by the government’s new suspension.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said:

“It defies belief that while so much effort is going into a coordinated medical response to this pandemic, the government is prepared to allow so many evictions to continue – putting at risk not just those losing their homes, but also the people they are forced into contact with. 

“This emergency legislation must not continue in its current form. We need a wholesale and complete halt to all evictions so that no-one is left without a home during this public health emergency. Anything less is a huge risk we do not need to take.”

We wholeheartedly agree.

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