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

  1. There should be a 3 months Rent Holiday similar to present GB Govt Mortgage Holiday for all Renters, especially residential, but also business. Landlords with Mortgages are benefitting from the Mortgage Holiday, so why enrich these already wealthy folks with the THREE MONTHS of Rent Arrears, which may build up during the Coronavirus Crisis and still have to be paid at the end of the 3 months no evictions period. What a disgrace!!! Residences for homes, not for investments!!!

  2. I would like to point out that not all such landlords are rich cats preying on the public.
    I know of some, who were mostly self-employed through their working lives, buying, say, a couple of houses as an investment, conscientious about their maintenance and charging a fair rent, to provide a modest pension in later life.
    Having spent a career serving justice I am just as much concerned about the current injustice in our country as you are, for example, the engineering of the EU referendum, to gain a leave result, to set in motion Brexit, which ultimately be of benefit to Boris Johnson and his rich mates, whilst the poorer will get poorer still.
    So in view of this, I would ask you to distinguish between rich profiteering landlords and the small ones, merely trying to provide for a modest pension, who ultimately provide a service and cost less to the state by being more self supporting in their retirement.

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