Landlords are being urged not to evict tenants facing financial hardship as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to a petition calling for protections for renters by tenants’ union Living Rent, the housing minister in Scotland, Kevin Stewart, said no landlord should carry out such evictions.
The campaign from Living Rent wants to see a suspension on “any and all evictions in both the private and social rented sector” during the coronavirus pandemic.
It would also like to see a “rent holiday” granted to renters affected by coronavirus.
In a statement on its website, the union said: “We want to see that this crisis does not make life harder for those that are already suffering under austerity, universal-credit reforms and skyrocketing rent.
“While bankers, landlords and mortgaged homeowners are being supported, the silence of the government regarding tenants and their needs is shocking.”
The Scottish government is now asking landlords to halt such evictions.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “No landlord should evict a tenant because they have suffered financial hardship due to coronavirus and we are actively considering how best this can be addressed.
“This is part of our urgent consideration on what wider measures can be put in place to support people against the economic impacts of coronavirus and further announcements will be made.
“People affected by coronavirus who are concerned about paying their rent can claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions which includes support for housing costs, if eligible. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this easier.”
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