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UK extends ban on evicting tenants during coronavirus outbreak

 

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Britain's Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick speaks at the daily COVID-19 briefing at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 31, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government said on Friday it would extend a ban on evicting tenants from social or private rented accommodation in England and Wales by two months to Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The government said the extension, which will take the total length of the moratorium to five months, would give greater protection to millions of renters who may be experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

 

"Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus," housing minister Robert Jenrick said in a statement.

 

The government said landlords and tenants should work together and exhaust all possible options, such as flexible payment plans, to ensure cases only end up in court as an absolute last resort.

 

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison)

 

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1 hour ago, BritManToo said:

Are landlords on a 'buy to let' mortgage being given a free pass too, when they can't make the repayments?

Or can the bank start repossession?

They need to suck it up. Quite happy to take the money during the good times.

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15 minutes ago, BobBKK said:

And what about the small Landlords and the tenants who don't pay?  this is crucifying them. I used to be a landlord in England and some of the tenants were just scum who ran up huge debts then disappeared. I understand the government wanting to help those who have lost jobs but subsiding their rents is the better way. The world is too soft on losers.

No-one forced them to become landlords.

They were all too happy to take the money during the good times.

If they have over leveraged themselves then that is their fault.

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2 minutes ago, BobBKK said:

Tenants agreed the rent before they took possession. Don't agree?  then don't rent the place.

And the Conservative government that you voted for changed the rules regarding evictions.

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