Landlord Action responds to Government’s further extension of ban on evictions

Landlord Action responds to Government’s further extension of ban on evictions

16:53 PM, 21st August 2020, About A year ago 17

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The Government has announced a further four-week extension to the ban on evictions until 20th September 2020. In addition, renters will be offered further protection by an increase of notice periods from three months to six months.

This is absolutely devastating news for those landlords who already had possession cases ongoing prior to the pandemic. It means those landlords with problem tenants who have been causing anti-social behaviour or withholding rent for reasons unrelated to Covid-19 face a further delay in regaining possession of the properties.

Whilst no-one who has been impacted by Covid-19 should face losing their home, there are many cases that are unrelated and it is causing landlords extreme hardship and misery.

Landlord Action is working with landlords whose tenants have racked up thousands of pounds worth of arrears.  Many of these landlords have been having to cover two mortgages for more than nine months now and we have just finished issuing the re-activation notices on behalf of these landlords as directed by the Government!

Why have they left until the Friday before the courts re-open to give a further extension? I do not believe enough consideration has been given to people in these set of circumstances and perhaps rather than a blanket ban, existing cases should have been allowed to restart as planned.

In my view, the Government needs to seriously consider offering landlords, whose tenants have fallen into arrears relating to Covid-19 and can prove loss of employment, some financial support, for example three months of rent contribution.

We are facing unprecedented times in terms of employment in the next few months so by implementing further support for landlords, with the understanding the landlord takes no action against their tenant,  therefore tenants would be given some breathing space to find employment.

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Comments

by Carol

12:52 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by at 24/08/2020 - 12:37
So, when I go bankrupt and loose my home so will 30 tenants and I will only have a state pension to live on (assuming it will still exist)? I don't see how that helps anyone in the long run, even this short sighted government? But they don't care, it will be another government in place by then and the plight of the homeless pensioners will be long forgotten.

by DSR

12:58 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Carol at 24/08/2020 - 12:52
ditto here!

by Mike T

13:29 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by WP at 24/08/2020 - 11:10
I joined the Devon Landlords Association back in 2004 and have found them helpful in a number of ways. Referencing at low cost, they have info and forms for various uses. Emails from time to time advising of updates, tenants looking for accommodation and others that you may not want as tenants.
They have an office in Torquay: 49 market street, TQ1 3AW. Tel; 01803 314750. email ; enquiries@devonlandlords.co.uk http://www.devonlandlords.co.uk

by AMAZONIA STARBUCK

14:19 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Will the goverment impose a matching ban on financial institutions seeking mortgage repayments on Covid 19 distressed landlords?
Or are Landlords expected to shake their magic money tree as per usual, and keep subsidising the tenants forever?
As ever, the goverment vote calculator has Landlords in the "give them a kicking anytime box" just below company car drivers!
As I am a company car driving landlord I am now personally repaying the full furlough scheme!

by DSR

14:28 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike T at 24/08/2020 - 13:29
cheers I will look into this. Must admit I don't want to pay out for more groups to join though at the mo given current situation
🙁

by Chris @ Possession Friend

16:33 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Coastal at 24/08/2020 - 12:49Not powerless, take out a Money claim and I imagine you've requested direct payment of benefit / U.C. ? + contribution towards arrears.

by Chris @ Possession Friend

23:53 PM, 24th August 2020, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Coastal at 24/08/2020 - 12:49The Welsh Assembly said exactly that in their reason for 6 month Notices, - but within a week or so afterwards, ( as an after-thought, albeit a welcome one ) announced Loans to Tenants, payable to the Landlord.
A legal threat needs to be made to the Government that unless it follows suit a claim will be made against them, possibly including all rental losses ? .
Problem is, How many landlords do you think would contribute, even say a Tenner ( Tax-deductable of course. I like the idea of HMRC part-funding legal action against the Govt ;- ) - answer in % 's below please ?


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