11:51 AM, 23rd March 2020, About A year ago 8
The London Renters Union have released a template letter for tenants (see below) requesting a suspension of payments until the Coronavirus situation improves. They appear to be insinuating that landlords are being given help by lenders suspending mortgage payments and that tenants haven’t been offered any corresponding assistance.
The LRU state: “It’s good news that the government has announced a ban on evictions, but the government hasn’t taken any action to suspend rent payments. While landlords are being given a mortgage holiday, huge numbers of renters who are losing their incomes will soon be clocking up huge amounts of debt in rent arrears.”
Template Letter offered:
We hope you’re keeping well in these really strange and fast-changing circumstances! We’re watching developments about COVID-19 very closely and are, as you might imagine, really concerned. We work in ________ and live paycheck to paycheck each month. We’re going to be earning much less over the coming months. We rarely have more than one month’s rent available at any one moment.
[add more details about your situation – make it as personal as you feel comfortable to]
For these reasons, we kindly request a suspension of payments until the situation improves.
Many renters across the country are in a similar situation. As you might have heard, the government has announced a three month mortgage holiday for all landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. The government and the National Residential Landlords Association are asking landlords to show compassion.
We hope, for ourselves and for everyone’s sake, that life becomes more stable as soon as possible. Until then, it seems all we can do is be pragmatic, avoid panic, and support each other as best we can. We hope you can consider this. Do let us know if speaking on the phone would be helpful.
Looking forward to hearing your response.
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