“Extending the ban on evictions until September 20 is simply a kick in the streets. It doesn’t help tenants or owners. “
It has been widely reported that the government is set to announce an extension of the deportation ban until September 20.
Evictions have been banned since mid-March to protect tenants who have been financially affected by Covid-19.
The ban was originally scheduled to last three months, but was extended for two more in June. The courts were to resume hearing rental property repossession cases from August 24.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer described the move as an ’11 hour U-turn’, adding that ‘such a short extension means there is a real risk that it will simply give tenants a few more weeks to make their suitcases ”.
Ben Beadle, CEO of the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), said: “A blanket extension is unacceptable, especially so close to the deadline.
“A tremendous amount of work has gone into finding a balance between supporting tenants affected by the pandemic and preventing significant financial damage to landlords, as per the government’s promise. No one is satisfied with this ad.
“Landlords have been left powerless to exercise their legal right to deal with large arrears unrelated to Covid-19, anti-social behavior and extremely disruptive tenants that make life miserable for their neighbors and roommates.
“You can’t expect private landlords to foot the bill for government failure. There must now be a plan to help households pay their bills and to fully compensate homeowners for their lost income.
“This alone will ensure the safety of tenants and landlords and reduce the risk of widespread rental failure.”
Oli Sherlock, Insurance Manager at Goodlord, commented: “Extending the ban on evictions until September 20 is simply a kick. It doesn’t help tenants or owners. Arbitrary extensions just delay the problem instead of fixing it, and this ad doesn’t seem to come with a strategy.
“There are tenants who will be in arrears accumulating – leaving them with huge personal debts every month they are unable to pay their rent. At the same time, homeowners are increasingly concerned with meeting their mortgage commitments or accessing what is often their only source of income. Both groups need more support. If we don’t use this expansion wisely to craft a better, more robust plan, we only make the problem worse.
Alex McMahon, eviction housing attorney at London law firm Osbornes Law, added: “It is extraordinary that the government extended the ban on evictions at the last minute and shows how hard it is. has treated this issue in a shameful manner. While thousands of people facing eviction will breathe a sigh of relief, this latest extension hardly fills me with confidence that the government has given careful thought to what to do about this urgent issue.
“The point is that the law needs to be changed when it comes to evictions to prevent thousands of people from being evicted from their homes this winter. Under current law, if a landlord relies on the ground 8 rule, judges have no discretion as to whether to grant possession orders if the tenant is two months or more late. Judges must be able to take into account the impact of the coronavirus on housing cases, but at the moment they cannot. Section 21 “no-fault” cases must also be abolished to protect tenants. I hope the government will use this month to take expert advice on the real impact of evictions this winter and make changes to the law to prevent that from happening.