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Clive Betts pushes for more Government support to protect private renters

24 March 2020

Emergency legislation fails to support struggling tenants

The emergency Coronavirus Bill, which was agreed yesterday by the House of Commons, only includes provision for extending the notice period for no fault evictions from two months to three months. It does nothing for those already undergoing eviction processes and fails to provide effective support to tenants struggling to pay their rent.

Ahead of the legislation being published, the Committee wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, to request greater information about his plans for supporting private renters during the Coronavirus public health emergency. A copy of the correspondence is linked above.

Chair's comments

Clive Betts MP said:

“The economic impact of Covid-19 has left many people fearful that they will no longer be able to afford to pay their rent. The Government rightly committed to protect private renters from eviction during this crisis. However, the emergency legislation does not achieve this and there is much more to do. Renters must be fully protected from the threat of eviction where they cannot afford their rent. The Government needs to come up with stronger proposals quickly.”

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