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19 March, 2020 Open access

Government announces ‘radical package’ of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus

No renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts

The government has announced a 'radical package' of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Setting out the government's plans, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said -

'The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage. Which is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation ...'

Designed to 'ensure that everyone gets the support they need at this very difficult time', the government says that emergency legislation will mean that -

NB - at the end of the three-month period, the government says that landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

In addition, the government says that - 

For more information, see Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from gov.uk

Stop press (22 March 2020) - the Welsh Government has today announced that it has agreed that the measures being developed by the UK government to suspend evictions from social and private rented accommodation will also apply to tenants in Wales.