The campaigning group says tenants must be given time to recover their finances after the pandemic eases and not face eviction or higher rents.

Campaigning group Generation Rent has called on the government to introduce radical changes to the private rental housing market to protect tenants during and after the Coronavirus.

The group, which has the ear of ministers and has appeared in parliament to give evidence on a range of subjects in the past, says Section 8 evictions should be banned during and after the crisis for those who get into financial difficulties.

It has also called for rent increases to be suspended for a year to prevent landlords from recouping lost rent via higher rents after the crisis, and to ensure that housing remains affordable until the economy rebounds.

But it is not calling for tenants to be given a rent payment holiday as a matter of course, as other activists have demanded in recent days.

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Generation Rent instead says that the government should give more support to renters who lose their jobs through the existing benefits system, including suspending the five-week wait built into the system and turning payments into a grant.

“We urge the Government to act now to avoid a homelessness crisis as a result of the pandemic. Housing is a public health issue – renters need safe and secure homes to self-isolate within to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” says spokesperson Caitlin Wilkinson.

Evictions reality

Evictions expert Paul Shamplina, from Landlord Action, says: “The government has already changed notice periods on Section 8 and 21 notices to three months and suspended current court cases for 90 days.

“So once the crisis is over it will take landlords up to nine months to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent.

“Generation Rent must understand that 90% of landlords only have one or two properties and have day jobs too which are under threat. It’s not a them and us situation, everyone is in it together.

“We have been asking landlords to work with tenants more than ever whose circumstances have changed because of this crisis, with repayment plans.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. So Generation Rent has the ear of ministers and has appeared in Parliament to give evidence on a range of subjects in the past. Who has the ear of ministers on behalf of landlords?

  2. 1. Yet to find a lender that is actually adhering to a “mortgage holiday” – I’ll get an entry on my credit record if I miss a mortgage payment and of course will simply accrue arrears for any missed payments. Define “holiday”?

    2. I have tenants receiving housing benefit not paying their rent as they say I am getting a holiday and so they don’t have to.

    I work with anyone that will work with me. But when people deliberately take advantage there must be some recourse……

    Sick of legislation being drafted to suit the ridiculous bubble inside the M25 that isn’t fit for purpose out here in the real world.

  3. I am 70 years old and live with my wife who last month finally received her state pension at 65 and 9 months. We rent out a small apartment. It’s all very well to suggest rent holidays etc. to help tenants but few people seem to bother about landlords who rely on rent to make up a living income. The debate is always so one-sided. Who’s going to support us if our tenants can’t pay the rent and then don’t for 9 months?

  4. I think the government needs to address two issues in one. As a landlord I live on the rental income from let properties. If protection is to be given to the tenants then do this by the government or local authority paying rent direct to a landlord thus saving the landlords financial hardship and maintaining tenants in their existing housing . Obviously the thinking needs to be refined but the principle is, I believe fine.

  5. Understand if people have lost their jobs but not the ones who are on benefits that are not paying rent as they know they cannot evict them. Even when you do a UC47 form they then ask the tenant if they accept the rent to be paid to landlord if they say no then they continue to be paid the rent. So the landlord loses out all the time. Why is everything aimed for tenants nothing for landlords

  6. its fine I’ll not pay my mortgage – let the mortgage company do the evicting. End result will be the same as I’ll likely have to sell anyway if I struggle on for the 2 years plus it will take my tenants to get back on track. I already have two who have had rent arrears for over one year. Another I was owed money from the council but then they decided to re house her and her 3 kids and decided as there was no need for me to house her and left me looking at £2500 of rent arrears. Tenant of course has vanished. I expect these next two to rack up a few months debt then just leave. They are similar cases, age and circumstances. Save the mortgage company doing it. I’ll just sell up once they are empty. Time to get out of the PRS. As landlords we are treated appallingly by government , HMRC and the media. The long term losers are the tenants and large corporate landlords probably foreign investors. The rents will go up, and the uk taxpayer will fund the increase via benefits etc.

  7. What about Landlords? Do you ask the government to pay for your shopping, no, because you would not even think about it. The rent is imperative for us to pay our bills and eat. We have saved hard to buy and maintain our rental property what makes the arrogant tenant expect us to provide for them? They do not ask anyone else apart from the government to provide for them. As pensioners we receive the lowest pension in the civilized world. How are we supposed to live without our meagre rental income? Nobody cares and no one fights for us.

  8. Why are landlords always the bad ones, this may be the last post for some. No help, no support, your on your own. It, s hard to see the way forward.

  9. It is the responsibility of feckless tenants to ensure they have the resources to pay rent.

    LL are NOT a free overdraft facility.

    Tenants should have ensured they built up savings to cover issues like this.

    It is not for the accommodation providers to provide for feckless tenants’ lifestyles.

    GR should not expect that LL should resource feckless tenants.

    Tenants should offer to vacate if they can’t or refuse to pay the contractual rent.

    It will be for a LL to determine whether they wish to accept a tenancy surrender.

  10. The whole system needs revamping it should not take 9 months to remove a non paying tenant, bad tenants are using this against the landlords , should be a standardised procedure , after 8 weeks you should have the right to attend with a bailiff and remove them immediately. This would focus minds of those that work the system . Housing benefit should be paid direct to landlords as it used to be

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