On 18 March 2020, the Government announced emergency legislation to “suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place”. As such, eviction notices served on or after 26 March 2020 must last for a minimum of three months, and this period was extended until 31 May 2021.
I recognise the concerns that renters may have now that the eviction moratorium has lifted. That is why I am glad that the Government has provided extensive financial support to renters throughout the pandemic. A £500 million Hardship Fund has been provided for people struggling to pay council tax, with a further £670 million being provided in 2021-22. There is also £140 million in funding available this year through Discretionary Housing Payments for councils to support renters with housing costs.
Offering support to landlords during this time is also crucial. Landlords will rightly be concerned about meeting mortgage payments, which could put pressure on their tenants. As such, a mortgage payment holiday extension was provided for buy-to-let landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties.
It is very important that landlords and renters continue to work together to agree on affordable repayment plans, established with an understanding of the renter's financial circumstances, and raise potential issues at the earliest opportunity.