As many as 300,000 tenants are still on leave and could lose their jobs after the program ends on Saturday, according to a separate warning issued by the National Residential Landlords Association, which said the government must launch a new tenant support program.
The homeowners lobby group said tenants in England needed interest-free government loans, similar to those advertised in Wales and Scotland. He also said additional council funding for housing assistance was needed and an increase in unemployment benefits.
Despite the economic fallout from the pandemic, the Resolution Foundation said private rents have continued to rise in recent months. He said a sustained expansion of benefit support was needed after leave ended and eviction protections were vital this winter.
Lindsay Judge, the thinktank’s research director, said: “As foreclosure measures continue to escalate in the UK, high housing costs are further worsening the economic situation for many families.”