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Should you be concerned about tenants’ exposure to coronavirus?

A ninth person has tested positive for Coronavirus in the UK, the government has confirmed. 

The woman flew into London from China and was tested after developing symptoms. 

There are concerns the city’s status as a transport hub could exacerbate the spread of the virus, however, doctors have said the risk of infection for residents in the capital remains low.


Dr Robin Thompson of Oxford University said: ‘In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher. This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly. ‘As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen.’

Dr Michael Head from the University of Southampton added: ‘It should also be noted that of the 1,750 tests carried out so far in the UK, over 99% of those tested have been negative for the coronavirus. ‘Thus, risks to Londoners and UK residents remain low, though people should continue to keep an eye on guidance for the general public.’

The current medical advice being issued is that anyone who has travelled into the country from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough or fever should remain indoors and call NHS 111 even if symptoms are mild.


In terms of your role as a landlord, the government has confirmed that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.

Consequently, based on current official guidelines, landlords do not need to take any specific action regarding tenants’ exposure to coronavirus. 

For further information, refer to official government guidance and NHS guidance

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    There was definitely no virus in my properties when current tenants moved in. Why should I therefore have any "role" to play or any "risk" to manage?

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    • 14 February 2020 17:48 PM

    If one of my occupants has a tummy ache what is my role regarding that as a LL?..................................I suggest sod all!!!

    A LL has NO responsibility to a tenant's health beyond that of providing fit for purpose rental accommodation.
    Therefore the LL has absolutely NO role to play!

    A tenant is a citizen to be managed by Govt
    It is irrelevant what form of tenure an occupant has.
    It is NOT the responsibility of the provider of the relevant accommodation to have any involvement in any tenant wellbeing.

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    Landlord- “Er Mr Tenant have you got a slight cold or maybe a tickly cough?” “Been travelling in the Far East recently” making sure I don’t ask the question to any obviously oriental looking tenants. We are landlords not gov inspectors

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    Are these articles written by a bot? CoronaVirus, tenants. Don’t you realise as a landlord we have less ‘Human rights’ than any other person in the UK weather they are a citizen or not. We aren’t allowed to take any actions. We get told by the do gooder groups not to ‘harrass’ the tenant when they are late with their rent and ignoring calls as it’s bad for their mental health.

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    Well many years ago i said this and today this issue is coming true, The bank of England is the new council, they have let far too many greedy uneducated people to become landlords, they allowed them to daisy chain mortgages and expect the tennant to pay for all increases in interest rises etc, However now the governent are capping rents, banishing the section 21 notice and also if you do not maintain your property to a reasonable standard then you will have your property condemned. what is more but now because of this new virus if your tenant can not pay rent you will not be able to take them to court for possession as the courts will soon be closing. the banks are going to put you in a negative equity status then take the property from you then hand property to the local authorites where upon they will rent it out just the same as old council properties used to be. so all of those back street "property developers" will have purchased properties renovated them and found a suitable tenant all for who? This is a lesson to the greedy who pray on the vulnerable and poor. the tenant has more rights than ever before. the tenaants are a very strong body of people who are not going to be bullied. They also have the strength of the courts on their side.

    • 18 March 2020 16:10 PM


    Who was the idiot that liked the Troll's post!?

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    Another hate fuelled monster ,did not take long for them to crawl out their hole polishing the jackboots same mindless hate speech as Germany in 1938 they won't be happy till everyone in our families and our children are dead

    • 19 March 2020 23:48 PM

    BTL landlords will either have to sell up or go bankrupt. End up on the dole, the lazy work shy dossers. BTL should never have been considered a career

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    Lets face it the general public "most of them" pay for housing. Some so called landlords are not worthy of that title, they are unqualified, uneducated arrogant and even ignorant thugs who treat their tenants as cash cows, it's those who need to be stopped. the decent landlord also needs protection from the bad tenants.
    Years ago when i first bought and paid for some small properties they where rented out to people on low income or even on benefits. how to get your tenant be be decent is give them the opportunity.
    Every year November the properties where inspected, they knew that the one who looked after their property the best had a fantastic bonus of one months rent free in December, guess what they all qualified, also my next list of future tenants was buiding very rapidly.
    One of the best secrets of being a good landlord never let the bank take control of your money or business. Be civil get rewarded act like ebenezer scrooge get condemned.


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