In light of the coronavirus outbreak, as stated on the 23rd of March, the Government has announced a complete ban on evictions in private and social sectors. This emergency legislation will be taken forward "as an urgent priority", preventing landlords from commencing eviction proceedings for a three-month period.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick adds: "The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to Coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts. These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage.
At Poole Townsend we are encouraging any tenant struggling to pay the rent to speak to us immediately rather than worrying so we can agree a suitable payment plan. This scheme is not a payment holiday but deferred rent and will need repaying at some point, hence why it's important to try to make payments regularly if you can.
Landlords are asked by the Government to show compassion and allow tenants to remain within their homes where possible.
"Which [sic] is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started. These changes will protect all renters and private landlords ensuring everyone gets the support they need at this very difficult time."
If you'd like more information on the support available to you in light of current events, contact our team of experts today.