Housing

COVID-19: Rents and eviction advice for landlords

The government have issued an announcement about evictions and support for those renting.

See the latest coronavirus advice for councils, landlords and tenants from GOV.UK.

Some practical points to consider:

  • if rent is owed, please ensure your tenant is aware of it
  • if your tenant is experiencing financial difficulty, please refer them to information about available financial support
  • ask your tenants to put their concerns to you in writing so you can discuss the matter with them with all the relevant facts to hand
  • ask your mortgage lender what arrangements they are putting in place. The Government has confirmed that the 3-month mortgage payment holiday includes landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus
  • some landlords have already offered tenants a discount on rent or a rent holiday. Remember, that as with the mortgage holidays, this deferred rent will have to be paid back in the future
  • speak to your tenant’s guarantor, where there is one
  • ask your insurer if they can offer rent and legal protection
  • keep your records up to date. This should include every conversation, phone call or email. Any arrears dated before 18 March 2020 should not be factored into this Coronavirus situation

See the latest coronavirus advice for councils, landlords and tenants from GOV.UK.

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