Support for renters

The government has announced no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. The 3-month mortgage payment holiday has been extended to Buy to Let mortgages to take pressure off of landlords to collect rent. The government has also issue guidance which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible. Further support will be provided if necessary.

Support for high-street renters: In order to assist high street shops and other companies that are being placed under strain the Government will introduce temporary new measures to safeguard the UK high street against aggressive debt recovery actions during the coronavirus pandemic. Statutory demands and winding up petitions issued to commercial tenants will be temporarily voided and changes will be made to the use of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, building on measures already introduced in the Coronavirus Act. See further details.