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.
From 13 May, there are updated restrictions on movement - we are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Reasons to leave include:
- Go to work if we cannot work from home. If you have been asked to attend work but feel unsafe, consider talking to your employer, or joining a trade union.
- Go to shops (that are allowed to open)
- Exercise and spend time outdoors
- Help a vulnerable person
- Escape risk of harm
- Get medical attention
When out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash your hands as soon as you get home. We are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces such as public transport.
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home
Government advice relating to private rented homes is available here.
Help us understand how coronavirus is affecting renters - Vent Your Rent.
- How do I keep my shared house safe?
- 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?
- 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