9:27 AM, 25th October 2021, About A year ago 1
Responding to new Government funding to tackle Covid rent debts, Chris Norris, Policy Director for the National Residential Landlords Association said:
“We welcome the announcement of this funding and urge local authorities to target it at those tenants most struggling with Covid rent debts.
“It is great news that those households worst hit by Covid related arrears may be able to access financial support. However, £65 million does not fully reflect the scale of the problem. NRLA analysis has put the figure of Covid rent debts at over £300 million.
“With warnings that rent debts could pose a risk to the economic recovery and the Government admitting that many landlords are highly vulnerable to arrears the Chancellor must go further.”
Government data suggests that seven per cent of private sector tenants in England were in arrears in April-May 2021.
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