Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with private landlords on a rent holiday in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 17 March 2020

The Department is in close communication with representatives of private landlords and letting agents. On 18 March, we announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction. As such, the Government does not believe a ‘rent holiday’ is necessary at this stage. Further details of this announcement are at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters.

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