The Leader of the House of Commons has given another strong indication that the government is not considering a last-minute U-turn on the eviction ban.

Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed calls from Coventry MP Zarah Sultana to debate the issue again by unequivocally responding that the Government had already spent enough money on tenants.

During a Parliamentary session, Sultana asked him to give Government time to urgently discuss measures to stop a potential housing eviction and homelessness crisis, such as by extending the ban for at least a year, scrapping no fault evictions and cancelling rent arrears.

However, Rees-Mogg said nearly £1 billion had been provided for renters, including increasing the generosity of housing benefit and Universal Credit so that the Local Housing Allowance covered at least 30% of market rents in local authorities.

Balance struck

He added: “Measures ensuring no tenant has been forced out do come to an end on Sunday, but landlords have not been able to evict for at least six months.

“There’s a balance to be struck between landlords and tenants, and the Government has spent a great deal of taxpayers’ money trying to support tenants.”

From Monday, landlords will be able to issue tenants with a Section 21 or Section 8 notice but will be asked to submit evidence about how their tenants’ circumstances may have been affected by coronavirus.


  1. Honestly this woman is on another planet. How would she feel if she had a tenanted property with a mortgage and that tenant stopped paying rent. Just goes to prove that labour is an un-electable party.

  2. You are absolutely right. There seems to be a mindset that all landlords are either mega rich, or corporations which can afford to absorb rent arrears. Many are in fact individuals with small portfolio;s establish to be or to supplement their pensions from rental incomes without whom the homeless situation would be greatly exacerbated. Many have mortgages which have to be paid on both their investment and private properties and rely upon the income from the tenanted properties to meet these liabilities,

  3. I totally agree with both comments. My question is, would the government pay off tenant rent arrears? As landlords still have to pay their mortgages.

  4. We suggested a three month break to our tenants. They seem to have recovered, we are not looking to recover the three months lost income. But one thing is for sure, when this current situation eases we will get out of buy to let. It’s not good for private landlords who carry all the risk for less return or yield than most people seem to imagine. We’re retired, the stress and complications are just too much.

  5. The Govt may have spent 1 £ Bn helping Tenants, BUT
    How much has it cost individual private Landlords in lost rent due to the legal system being hijacked and manipulated to save the Government a LOT more – at Landlords expense !


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