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Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 32719, tabled on 20 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 March 2020 to Question 29300, what estimate he has made of the cumulative debt that will be accrued by renters over the next 3 months if a suspension of rent is not introduced for that period.

Answered on

25 March 2020

No such estimate has been made at this time.

Those tenants who can afford to pay should continue to do so. By legislating to prevent landlords starting proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period, we are removing the risk of people losing their homes because they are unable to pay rent – without creating a system where landlords must shoulder the financial responsibility and risk.

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants who had struggled financially will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account the tenants’ individual circumstances.

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