Thousands of private tenants could lose homes in England and Wales as eviction bans end today
The ban announced in March protects tenants from eviction from the epidemic, meaning anyone who gives eviction notice after August 29th is given six months’ notice.
However, according to the campaign group Generation Rent, the 55,000 families who gave notice between March and August could not enjoy this protection.
The National Residential Landlords Association said it had “encouraged landlords to work with their tenants wherever possible”.
However, it added that it was important to start dealing with “the most serious cases” of rent arrears involving tenants for non-communal behavior and domestic abuse, or with “nothing to do with COVID-19”.
Labor has called for increased security measures and warned of a winter homelessness crisis, while local government associations have said councils are “concerned that the lifting of sanctions could escalate.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government said: “We have taken unprecedented steps to help tenants by banning evictions for six months, preventing people from falling into financial difficulties and helping businesses pay their salaries.
“To help keep people indoors during the winter months, we have changed the law by extending the notice period by six months and introduced a‘ winter war ’to enforce evictions for the first time.
“We also have a welfare protection net of about 9. 9.3 billion and have increased the local housing allowance rate to reduce rent by at least 30% of the market.”