“No renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.”
The words of Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, as he addressed the fears of renters up and down the country.
The housing related measures previously announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, such as so-called mortgage holidays for homeowners, had been criticised by some for not doing enough to protect those living in rented accommodation.
In an effort to allay those worries and to provide a little comfort in this new age of uncertainty, the Government have introduced emergency legislation that prevents landlords from evicting their tenants for the next 3 months.
Shelter estimates that without this legislation, as many as 50, 000 people could end up facing eviction in the next 6 months, which is a sobering thought for a country with an already spiraling homelessness problem.
The coming weeks and months are full of questions and concerns for every single one of us, and the Government have moved to try and ease some of those concerns. Amongst the biggest issues that we all have to face, is the issue of housing security, and this emergency legislation gives some breathing room, at the very least.
At TeamCES we understand how this unprecedented crisis is likely to have long lasting repercussions for people from all walks of society, and we wholeheartedly welcome the latest developments from Westminster. The last thing that people need right now is the threat of eviction, when they are likely worrying about employment, childcare and of course the health of themselves and their families.
We also acknowledge and appreciate the fact that landlords are being looked after, and that their assets are being given some consideration and security during this difficult time.
Vulnerability is something we are always aware of at TeamCES, and we will continue to do all we can to identify it and support it, both as part of our daily work and through charitable endeavours.
Rent has to be paid, debts have to be collected, but as the Government have made clear, for the next 3 months at least, let’s just make sure we all come through this together.
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