There was widespread approval, not to say relief, when the government extended the ban on evicting tenants in rented accommodation. Introduced with lockdown in March, the ban is now due to end on 20 September.
We joined CA network colleagues and other organisations calling for the extension – see below.
In normal years rented housing is high on the list of problems facing our clients. Many local tenants who were already stretched are now in a far worse position due to Covid-19. We recognise the difficulties some landlords are facing, but the action was essential to prevent real hardship.
What should happen next?
The temporary extension was necessary but not enough. At Citizens Advice we want to see new protections for tenants, including grants where arrears are due to Covid. The benefit would be felt not just by tenants’ families but landlords and the economy as (we hope) more normal spending patterns return.
If no softening on date renters’ rights are absolutely critical. Our trained advisers can help with all housing issues. https://t.co/amyIy2QgEw
— Reigate&BansteadCA (@ReigateandBCAB) August 19, 2020