Coronavirus, Housing

What if I end up with rent arrears?

£1bn package of additional support for renters

The Government has announced a package of measures to protect tenants and landlords affected by coronavirus. Renters will receive nearly £1bn additional support, through increases in the generosity of housing benefit and Universal Credit.
From April 2020, Local Housing Allowance rates will pay for at least 30% of market rents in each area.

Other measures to protect tenants and landlords include:

  • Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place.
  • No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis.
  • Landlords will also be protected by extending the three-month mortgage holiday to Buy to Let mortgages.

As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

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