Generation Rent says there should be a reinstatement of the eviction ban immediately, and appears to have been stung into the demand by the extension to mortgage holiday arrangements.
The Financial Conduct Authority has extended the so-called mortgage holiday - which is actually only a deferment of mortgage payments - for a further six months.
Now Baroness Alicia Kennedy of Generation Rent, citing the measure, says it’s the government’s responsibility to help private tenants too.,
“While struggling home owners can seek a further mortgage holiday, renters have been offered no further protection during this second lockdown. Eviction cases will continue to be heard in court, putting pressure on renters to move out when it’s unsafe to do so” she says.
“Putting workers back on 80 per cent of wages with benefits insufficient to cover the rent means that once again thousands face getting into debt” she continues.
And she adds: “The government must suspend eviction proceedings again to give renters assurance that they can stay safely in their homes. To stop the rent debt crisis the government must also raise Local Housing Allowance to cover average rents and provide funds to clear outstanding arrears.”
In reality there is an informal ban already in effect, although this is not commented upon by the campaign group.
Bailiffs have agreed not to enforce evictions in areas of the country with high levels of Coronavirus - and that is all of England from today.
And the government has already said that enforcement action will also be paused over Christmas - specifically between December 11 and January11 - except in ‘the most serious circumstances’, such as cases involving antisocial behaviour or domestic abuse.