The government has once again been urged to help tenants in England who have fallen behind with their rent and face eviction now that the bailiff ban has been lifted.
This was the message rammed home by a wide range of commentators on TV and radio shows today including Shelter, Generation Rent, the National Residential Landlords Association and Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action (pictured, above).
Despite their varied political differences, these organisations believe that tenants who have run up arrears during the pandemic should not be left to fend for themselves, or that already under-funded councils should be left holding the baby.
Viewers of national radio and TV news including on Channel 4, ITV, BBC TV and radio, LBC and Talk Radio all heard about the challenges facing tenants and landlords within the private rental sector at the moment.
“In all my 30 years in this sector have I ever seen landlords and tenants come together like this, particularly during the first lockdown,” Shamplina told ITV news.
“The government should have brought in loans for tenants in England as they have done in different ways in Scotland and Wales.”
Shamplina also appeared on the Jeremy Vine morning radio show to agree with Shelter that a tenant loan paid directly to their landlord should introduced in England.
Chris Wood, head of policy at Shelter, said during the shows that: “Where a landlord isn’t able to organise a payment plan or wipe the rent arrears slate clean and has no option but to move to eviction, or the tenant has no hope of paying the debt back, then we’re asking the government to step in and help pay off those rent arrears to keep them in their homes.”
“The cost would only be a 20th of the stamp duty holiday – we hope the government is listening this time.”