Eviction Bans - Making a Bad Situation Worse



Because the system depends on a symbiotic relationship between landlords and tenants, and at the moment, many landlords are losing money and many tenants are being afforded protection that they don’t necessarily need (or deserve if their circumstances aren’t coronavirus related) ...


They found themselves kicked from one side of the House to the other, painted either as pantomime ‘baddies’, or as saviours of the nation’s housing crisis, depending on which day of the week we were on.


The eviction ban then, that was brought in with the best intentions of protecting the most vulnerable, will have been just another punch they were expected to roll with.


But did the eviction ban actually help those it was supposed to help?


Ask many landlords up and down the country and they’ll tell you that it has just made things worse, for all parties.


Whilst lots of tenants will definitely have found their rent hard to come by due to the pandemic, the truth is that many more tenants were already struggling, or in arrears, long before the effects started to be felt in mid-March.


The coronavirus eviction ban, and the section 21 scrapping before it, have simply meant that for many tenants, the inevitable has been prolonged.


For landlords, the provision of private lettings becomes less and less of an appealing prospect, as they find their tenants protected even if the issues were not covid related.


For tenants, especially the really bad ones, any future of finding accommodation in the private sector looks even more challenging than it was before.


Why?


Because the system depends on a symbiotic relationship between landorlds and tenants, and at the moment, many landlords are losing money and many tenants are being afforded protection that they don’t necessarily need (or deserve if their circumstances aren’t coronavirus related) ...


If the private letting market contracts, as landlords find it harder to justify the headaches, the housing crisis IS going to get worse.


When guarantors become mandatory in more and more arrangements, fewer vulnerable people will be able to find a private letting.


These unfortunate inevitabilities serve no one, especially the most vulnerable people in our society.


Any extension of the eviction ban will only exacerbate an already gloomy situation.


This isn’t about hurrying through evictions for the vulnerable. This isn’t about protecting landlords’ interests at all costs, either.


It’s simply about the way things work.

It’s also worth mentioning that there has been no praise whatsoever, for the hundreds of thousands of landlords in the UK, who have reached agreements with their tenants over unpaid rent or potential difficulties.


The Government asked them to be sympathetic and sensible in their approach to their relationships with their tenants.


And so many were.


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