Government must give clear statement on rental payments

by Property118.com News Team

8:51 AM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Government must give clear statement on rental payments

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Government must give clear statement on rental payments

The NRLA are calling for a clear statement from government in response to campaigners’ calls for rent payments to be stopped during the coronavirus crisis.

More and more landlords are contacting the National Residential Landlords Association saying their tenants are under the impression they no longer have to pay rent as a result of the pandemic.

The association is now asking government to clarify its guidance; that rents should continue to be paid where possible.

Some tenants believe that because lenders have provided the option of a three month mortgage payment holiday to landlords, they should not pay rent for this period.

Groups including the National Union of Students are also campaigning for rent breaks for tenants.

While the NRLA believes flexibility is necessary during these unprecedented times, it is calling on the Government to better publicise its guidance that tenants must still meet their legal and contractual obligations where they can – including paying rent – to dispel any myths.

Speaking for the NRLA, its Chief Executive, Ben Beadle, said:

“The mortgage repayment holiday is only available for landlords who are struggling to make their payments because their tenants are unable to pay part or all of their rent as a direct result of the coronavirus and through no fault of their own. It is not an automatic payment holiday and landlords who successfully apply still have to make these payments later on. It is not a grant.

“What it does allow is that where a tenant is having genuine difficulty in meeting their rent payment because of a loss of income, landlords have much greater flexibility to agree a mutually acceptable plan with the tenant to defer the rent due.

“This is not a green light to tenants everywhere to stop paying their rent.”

Given that 94% of private landlords rent property out as individuals and 39% have reported a gross non-rental income of less than £20,000, many depend on the extra rental income for their livelihood. Without this rent many would be unable to continue letting property, leading to a housing supply crisis when the epidemic eases, particularly for students returning to university.

Tenants are able to make use of assistance provided by the Government to replace lost income if need be including through the Job Retention Scheme, increased housing support through the benefit system and maintenance loans which continue to be paid to students.

The NRLA has called on landlords to show as much flexibility with tenants as they are able to within their means and has been heartened by the many stories showing tenants and landlords pulling together at this difficult time. This has included landlords offering properties rent free for NHS workers where they afford to do so.

Comments

user_ 7167

14:20 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Obfuscated Data

Beaver

15:17 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Harris at 06/04/2020 - 14:20
It's certainly not going to look healthy if the government tells people to stop paying their rent. The left-wing elements won't care about that of course. They think pensions are for rich people and government should decide who lives where.

Either way a housing price crash will deepen and lengthen a recession. It's quite possible that a long recession will indirectly kill more people than Covid19 does this year.

Kabs

16:12 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

I have 8 propertys rented out. Just one tenant has paid rent but reduced amount so far this month. I dont think anyone will pay rent and this is the only source of my income

Beaver

16:27 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Kabs at 06/04/2020 - 16:12
So like a lot of small businesses you need to be able to borrow and that means being able to borrow without being s******d by the banks. And even if the tenants pay late the rent still needs to be paid.

Georgie Woods

16:33 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

One of my tenants offered to buy my house as they knew we wanted to sell. And in the same email asked for a 3 month rent deferment. I know they are capable of paying, probably applying pressure so we might sell to them at a low price. And that is because the govt have left it wide open for interpretation. There should be a requirement to demonstrate how the tenant has been affected to protect both the landlord and the tenant.

Paul Shears

16:55 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

It looks like very few Property118 and other landlords have seen the following petition judging by the very low number of people that have signed it.
Everyone please sign this petition and share with other landlords & tenants ASAP. It's urgent for all of us and may actually achieve something.

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-call-for-80-rental-income-guarantee-for-small-landlords?fbclid=IwAR3JsoS2nMKZG4DwX6eBoIhu2LG14N4VJ7VpRDOEayfkwDRo1SFdkv4MSDg

Ingrid Bacsa

22:32 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 06/04/2020 - 11:13
Well said. I hope this gets posted to the government. I will send a copy to my local MP if thats ok. Thanks.

Ingrid Bacsa

22:44 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Paul Shears at 06/04/2020 - 16:55
Ive forwarded it to my Property Wave group as well.

Dr Rosalind Beck

23:53 PM, 6th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Ingrid Bacsa at 06/04/2020 - 22:32
Yes, please do.

Digger

0:24 AM, 7th April 2020
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Kabs at 06/04/2020 - 16:12
I only have 2 properties providing my sole income. One is moving out so I have a fat chance of re-letting in the current climate and the other tenant told me 3 hours ago that they can’t afford to pay their rent that is due tomorrow! Like thanks for the advance notice! Think I’m screwed😱

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