You are here: Home - Mortgages - Buy To Let - News -

Government plan ‘rewards rent dodgers’

Written by: Emma Lunn
New regulations mean tenants can build almost 18 months of rent arrears without fear of eviction, say landlords.

Earlier this month the government said renters would be protected during the second lockdown with no bailiff enforcement action, except for the most ‘egregious cases’.

It has now published new coronavirus regulations which set out the narrow circumstances under which evictions can take place.

The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020 stops tenants from being evicted in all but a few circumstances.

The rules say that until 11 January 2021, possession orders by the courts related to rent arrears can only be enforced where the arrears amount to nine months or more of rent built before 23 March. Any rent arrears accrued since then would be disregarded.

This means that some tenants could be almost 18 months in arrears before being evicted. Tenants can also be evicted if they are guilty of anti-social behaviour.

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says this does nothing to address housing debt accrued since the beginning of the pandemic. The landlord body argues that this is a missed opportunity to help those tenants in financial difficulty due to Covid-19.

Ben Beadle, NRLA chief executive, said: “In trying to arrive at a compromise the government has failed to help those in genuine need whilst rewarding those whose arrears have nothing to do with the pandemic, and in some cases are wilfully not paying their rent.

“This is doing nothing to help those tenants who are trying to do the right thing and seeking to pay off their debts.

“Instead of prolonging the problem with short-term fixes, the government needs to urgently bring in a financial package to enable tenants to pay off rent arrears.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Flight cancelled or delayed? Your rights explained

With no sign of the problems in UK aviation easing over the peak summer period, many will worry whether holida...

Rail strikes: Your travel and refund rights

Thousands of railway workers will strike across three days this week, grinding much of the transport system to...

How your monthly bills could rise as the base rate reaches 1.25%

The Bank of England has raised the base rate to 1.25% as predicted – the fifth consecutive rise in just six ...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

DIY investors: 10 common mistakes to avoid

For those without the help and experience of an adviser, here are 10 common DIY investor mistakes to avoid.

Mortgage down-valuations: Tips to avoid pulling out of a house sale

Down-valuations are on the rise. So, what does it mean for home buyers, and what can you do?

Five tips for surviving a bear market mauling

The S&P 500 has slipped into bear market territory and for UK investors, the FTSE 250 is also on the edge. Her...

Money Tips of the Week