Sky News quoted Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick who said:
“I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of COVID-19. That is why today I am announcing a further four-week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for six months.
“I am also increasing protections for renters – six month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter. However, it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again; and so when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.”
The move comes as after pressure from Citizens Advice. Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said in a press release:
“We’re really pleased the government has stepped in to keep its promise that no renter will lose their home because of the coronavirus pandemic – for now at least.
“During this extended pause on new eviction proceedings, we hope the government will work with Citizens Advice and others to put in place a series of protections which will help those who’ve built up rent arrears get back on their feet.
“We’d like to see funding for a dedicated set of protections, including measures such as grants for those in arrears due to coronavirus.
“This would not only directly help those affected, but also contribute towards consumer confidence and the economic recovery.”
Despite this good news Citizens Advice Broxtowe remain concerned that many people in debt are not coming forward for help when they need it. Last week Citizens Advice produced evidence to suggest six million people have fallen behind with bills due to coronavirus. The report highlights that their research indicates those who care for someone older or younger,those who said they were shielding during the pandemic and key workers are all at least twice as likely to have fallen behind on a household bills.
- 1 in 4 people who are parents or carers (24%) have fallen behind on their bills, compared to 1 in 14 people (7%) without caring responsibilities
- 1 in 5 people (22%) in the shielded group are behind, compared to 1 in 20 (6%) of people who are not shielding or at ‘increased risk’
- 1 in 5 key workers (21%) have fallen behind on their bills, compared to 1 in 14 (7%) of non key workers.
We are encouraging everyone who is falling behind with bills to get in touch with us for help. We work in partnership with local agencies to make sure help is at hand and people can find a way forward.