The eviction moratorium ends on Sunday, and courts start hearing landlord possession cases again on Monday.
When it extended the ban for one final month, the government also said it would extend the notice period for most evictions from three months to six months (and did the following week). This will help a lot of people, but it doesn't help renters who were served notice up to 29 August and have not already moved out - an estimated 55,000 households.Read more
At the end of August, courts were poised to reopen for eviction cases. Tenants who had been served an eviction notice during lockdown would have been left with no more protection from losing their home.
We continued to push the government to make good on its promise to keep people in their homes. One renter, Nichola, who faces eviction with her two daughters, spoke out and started a petition that got nearly 40,000 signatures. At the eleventh hour, the government announced a one-month extension of the evictions ban until 20th September. It also extended the notice that landlords must now give tenants to six months, as of 29 August.
But the respite will be short-lived. Tenants who have been asked to leave are still facing huge uncertainty. And because so many people have lost income in since the pandemic started, prospects are grim.Read more
The Government recently announced a two month extension to the eviction ban. Renters will be able to safely stay in their homes until the end of August, but what happens next?Read more
The Government have asked landlords to show 'compassion' and work with tenants to accommodate their circumstances, but renters have told us that this is not happening.Read more
The past six weeks fighting this pandemic have reminded everyone how important a good home is – and how many renters don’t have one.Read more
We have gathered the latest information and links to advice about dealing with issues caused by coronavirus and the lockdown in England.
We cannot provide individual advice, so if you can't find the answer you need, we have links to advice providers here.
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Government guidance on controlling the virus
Lockdown has been lifted in most parts of the country. To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
If you have been asked to attend work but feel unsafe, consider talking to your employer, or joining a trade union.
Limited local restrictions have been imposed in Leicester, Luton, Aberdeen, Greater Manchester, and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
Full information is available here.
Government advice relating to private rented homes is available here.
Help us understand how coronavirus is affecting renters - Vent Your Rent.
- I have been asked to move out
- How do I pay rent if my income has fallen?
- Can I move home?
- Can I let my landlord into my home?
- How do I keep my shared house safe?
- Can my landlord move a new tenant in during lockdown?
- How do mortgage holidays work?
- Do I have to renew my tenancy?
- Can I ask for a rent holiday or reduction?
In the last 7 days, the Government have introduced new measures to protect renters.Read more
The Government must act now.
The pandemic affects us all - but private renters face particular problems. As the situation has escalated, renters have got in touch with us to express concern over self isolating safely in a shared house, and how they will pay their rent if they are forced to stay home, or lose their job. It's not just those who fall ill with coronavirus who are affected - many renters who are self-employed or on zero-hours contracts have already lost work, and many more are nervous about redundancy, unpaid leave or losing hours. Renters spend over 40% of their earnings on rent, and as a result, two thirds of renters have no savings.Read more