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Rental sector looks beyond the evictions ban

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The National Residential Landlords’ Association (NRLA) is calling for a “careful re-opening of evictions,” following the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.

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In March, the government introduced a three-month ban on evictions, due to end on 25 June. In addition, the notice period for some tenancy types was extended to three months.

Landlord groups have claimed that the measure is placing a strain on property owners. According to the NRLA, more than half its members have experienced some hardship due to unpaid rent or void periods. Landlords who had begun eviction proceedings before lockdown could find themselves waiting more than a year to receive any income from their property.

Buy-to-let landlords are eligible for three-month mortgage holidays, to help keep a roof over tenants’ heads if they can’t afford their rent. However, the NRLA says this will mean costs for landlords further down the line.

According to the NRLA, the government could help tenants cover their costs by removing the five-week waiting time for Universal Credit applicants.

Ben Beadle, NRLA chief executive said: “A number of our members are having issues that arose pre-Covid and not able to get possession of their property.

“We think a careful re-opening of evictions needs to take place that prioritises pre-Covid debt, anti-social behaviour and [cases involving] domestic violence.”

Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has spoken about the pressure on the capital’s tenants, post-Covid. He said: “Many renters are just one pay cheque away from homelessness. It’s completely unacceptable that London renters should be facing a ticking timebomb where they could lose their home.”

The Mayor has called for increased regulation of the sector alongside higher welfare payments. He wants evictions to be banned beyond 25 June, where coronavirus is a factor in non-payment of rent, alongside the scrapping of Section 21 evictions.

Read more about this story on the Landlord Today and Property Wire websites.

Neil Jennings

Neil is the Operations Director at Assetgrove Lettings, London's Leading Rent Guarantee Company, providing Landlords with no voids, property maintenance, fee-free property management and stress-free service.

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