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LRU release template letter for struggling renters to send to their landlords

The London Renters Union (LRU) has released a template letter for renters to send to their landlords if they are struggling with rent during the coronavirus crisis.

The housing campaign group has released the letter following legislation announced by the government last week banning all evictions for a three-month period, under which landlords are required to be flexible if a tenant is unable to pay the rent. 

Danny Hayward of the LRU commented: “We have absolutely tons of members who are losing work right now, either because they’re sick or just because their contracts have been cancelled or workplaces shut down.”

He added: “Things aren’t going to work out well for people who are renting if ultimately they need to rely on the goodwill of individual landlords. The government needs to take action to suspend all rents for the duration of this period, as right now we are in a completely unprecedented situation.

“The spread of this crisis worldwide means that it is possible to see what can be done by means of quick government action where the will exists, and that is what we’re pushing for.”

Here is the full text of the template letter:  

Dear X

We hope you're keeping well in these really strange and fast-changing circumstances! We're watching developments about COVID-19 very closely and are, as you might imagine, really concerned. We work in ________ and live paycheck to paycheck each month. We’re going to be earning much less over the coming months. We rarely have more than one month’s rent available at any one moment.

[add more details about your situation - make it as personal as you feel comfortable to]

For these reasons, we kindly request a suspension of payments until the situation improves.

Many renters across the country are in a similar situation. As you might have heard, the government has announced a three month mortgage holiday for all landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. The government and the National Residential Landlords Association are asking landlords to show compassion.

We hope, for ourselves and for everyone's sake, that life becomes more stable as soon as possible. Until then, it seems all we can do is be pragmatic, avoid panic, and support each other as best we can. We hope you can consider this. Do let us know if speaking on the phone would be helpful.

Looking forward to hearing your response.

Best wishes from us all

Get in touch and get involved with collective action by filling out this form: https://londonrentersunion.org/c19rentcrisis/

Poll: If your tenant is struggling to pay the rent, are you prepared to work together to establish how rent can be repaid over the next few months, based on the tenants’ circumstances?

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  • jeremy clarke

    What must be factored in are our fees, they are my income my staff income and cover the overheads. If less or no rent is coming in then we as agents are in trouble.

  • jeremy clarke

    What must be factored in are our fees, they are my income my staff income and cover the overheads. If less or no rent is coming in then we as agents are in trouble.

  • Jamie Moodie

    is this crap serious? one group of humans must drop their pants and just support bunch of people who might be having a tough time because the government made lunatic decisions re peoples freedom and work places. This is the intimidation of PRS (only) landlords by pressure groups who help themselves to charity money whilst pretending to be for the so called aggrieved group.

    Daniela Provvedi

    Yes Jamie, this crap is serious. Us Landlords are asked to be compassionate during this difficult time.
    My tenants aren't a "bunch of moaning spongers" as you put it, because I've paid to vet them properly before renting them my property. I made sure they could afford it, and that they are good, hardworking human beings.
    If you didn't do your proper due diligence before letting tenants rent your property, and now you're sitting with "moaning spongers" then you've only got yourself to blame.

    I'd just like to mention, and it's not only directed at you, Jamie....
    I'm just getting a bit fed up with Landlords bitching and moaning about their tenants. Yes, there are bad people in this world, part of which are tenants. But there are processes and checks in place that must be carried out on these tenants, to filter the bad from the good.
    I'm asking whether Landlords do do this?

     
    Daniela Provvedi

    After I wrote my message to you, I noticed you edited your text "bunch of moaning spongers" and wrote "bunch of people" instead.
    Thanks for doing that.

     
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    • 23 March 2020 10:17 AM

    We have a tricky few months ahead.

    Agents only get paid on receipt of rent so no rent no income but the staff are still required to manage the properties - can't simply shut up shop so therefore can not "furlough" staff. And the difficulty is that with the "mortgage holiday" being reported, tenants believe that Landlords are getting a free period rather than understanding that the payments are simply being defered, and with the media always seems to highlight the bad Landlords never the good ones.

    There are still people earning full salaries and hopefully they wont jump on the band wagon and try and claim 3 months free rent.

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    Could someone please supply a similar letter for me to send to my local supermarket.

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    Pity we haven't got three months deposit to fall back on, then we could offer a three month rent freeze with the deposit built back up again over the next few months. TDS etc. need to give us access to the deposits they're earning interest on while we're expected to see our income stop completely. Boris hasn't said anything to support landlords, just banning evictions for three months.

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    Yes Robert exactly. This needs to be referred to as a ‘rent deferment holiday’ Tenants called in asking for the free period and once we made it clear that they will still owe the money they then said they were actually able to pay as they were still receiving their salaries.
    That gov announcement gave the wrong message

  • Jamie Moodie

    Thank god you came along Daniela. I never thought of referencing and credit referencing my tenants before. Wow what a good idea. Thx. I just thought they’d picked up a sense of entitlement en mass due to the continual bombardment against PRS landlords. Silly me eh!

    Daniela Provvedi

    I'm not going to take the bait, Jamie. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, as you know.
    I've also got no interest in wasting my time with the likes of you
    **you're deleted** mate....

     
  • Jamie Moodie

    Boo hoo

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    Jamie. Remember to wash your hands if you use a tissue to wipe your tears.

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    Jamie you are selfish, unsympathetic and uncooperative. These are unprecedented times and require everyone to join together and help one another.

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    How about the tenants join together to save the landlords, who provide their housing year-round, during these unprecedented times. Wait until all of this is over and there’s community-spirited ‘support your local butcher/baker/cafe’…landlords will be ignored as part-of-the-furniture. Furniture to be abused.

     
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    no thanx--i run a business

     
  • Jamie Moodie

    How well you know me already sam, very perceptive of you.
    I'm curious as to whom I am selfish towards, unsympathetic to and uncooperative with. Might you be a dear and be specific instead of a very poor attempt at being insulting. I don't care or have an ego so that doesn't work cup cake!
    These by the way aren't unprecedented times at all. They might upset your cozy lifestyle, but we were once at war with thugs in Germany, and Eastern Europe, similar to those that we find in some of the countries trying to disrupt western civilisation now. The very same people who Corbyn idolises. I hope you're not a fan of his. With all the faux talk of equality and diversity some of you have come to regard landlords as 3rd class citizens in the UK and reserve special hatred for them with your double standards thrown in. We either treat everyone equally and not single out those you hate for some obtuse reason, or you will soon be in the company of the thugs aforementioned. Don't forget to answer my questions above cup cake. Love Jamie

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