On 26 March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force. This relates to a wide range of matters including new provisions to ensure no-one with a tenancy loses their home as a result of the outbreak.
During these unprecedented times, Cllr Liz Jaeger, Lead Member for Housing, for Richmond Council, is urging private landlords to take a positive and understanding approach to tenants who may be struggling through no fault of their own.
Cllr Jaeger, explained:
“Government legislation is very clear and the court system is aligned to preventing the eviction of social and private sector tenants at this time of national emergency. The risks arising from eviction are too great for households, particularly those who may be at higher risk from coronavirus.
“These are particularly challenging times for those whose work and livelihoods have been affected by the necessary lockdown we are living through. Equally, many private landlords rely on the income they derive from rents to pay the bills.
“We are focused on making sure that legislation on evictions is fully observed. And we are offering support for those who are threatened with homelessness.
“There are financial and money advice services available supported by the Council for those struggling. I would urge residents to use these services to see what benefits they may be entitled to.
“The most important thing – it is all too easy to ignore a problem until it is too late. If you are having a problem paying rent speak to an advice service and talk to your landlord to see whether they are willing to offer some flexibility.”
The Council has published the latest information and advice for landlords about how the Coronavirus Act 2020 affects them including links to other support.