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Rented Housing: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL10022, tabled on 4 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the scale of rental income losses in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered on

16 November 2020

The Government has established an unprecedented package of support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic which is supporting renters to sustain tenancies and continue paying rent. As with all policy making, this is informed by a range of data sources.

This comprehensive package includes a range of support for businesses to pay staff salaries, including through the furlough scheme which has now been extended to March. We have also strengthened the welfare safety-net with over £9 billion boost to the welfare system, including an extra £1 billion to increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates so that they cover the lowest 30% of market rents. For those renters who require additional support, there is an existing £180 million of Government funding for Discretionary Housing Payments made available this year, an increase of £40 million from last year and which is for councils to distribute to support renters with housing costs.

The Department does not currently hold information on the scale of rental losses.