Three month mortgage payment holiday extended to Buy to Let

by Property 118

18:45 PM, 18th March 2020
About 5 months ago

Three month mortgage payment holiday extended to Buy to Let

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Three month mortgage payment holiday extended to Buy to Let

The government has announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, we have confirmed that the three month mortgage payment holiday announced yesterday will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

To support this announcement the government has worked with the Master of the Rolls to widen the ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings, to include private renters and to strengthen its remit. This will support the necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve disputes and landlords will have to reach out to tenants to understand the financial position they are in.

The government will also issue guidance which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible. The National Housing Federation and Local Government Association have welcomed the new support for social renters and made clear that no one should be evicted because of the coronavirus.

This important step on buy to let mortgages ensures parity of support, further to the announcement yesterday that the government made for private mortgage holders. We are also announcing that those who have benefited from a government backed Help to Buy equity loan will be offered interest payment holidays if they are struggling to pay due to coronavirus.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

“These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage. Which is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started.

“These changes will protect all renters and private landlords ensuring everyone gets the support they need at this very difficult time.”



Comments

Monty Bodkin

12:09 PM, 20th March 2020
About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 20/03/2020 - 07:46
"To apply for a payment holiday:
If you are a Buy-to-Let landlord, you will need to self-certify that your tenant’s income has been impacted by COVID-19."

Richard Peeters

7:54 AM, 21st March 2020
About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 20/03/2020 - 12:09
Self-Cert is the way to go, even with the risk to Govt of abuse of the support.

My next concern is that, once this pandemic has passed, the authorities and lenders will go on a witch hunt, demanding evidence for all the self-certs. Tenants might have moved on by then (including some via the Pearly Gates) leaving the landlord to have some of this support clawed back.

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