The government is under mounting pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as introduce a 'rent holiday' for those who are unable to work and struggling to pay their bills at this time.
An online petition calling for rents to be suspended to protect tenants from the threat of eviction has reached 100,000 signatures.
A survey by Opinium has found strong support for a rent suspension, with three in four renters, as well as a significant number of landlords, in support.
Acorn, which supports tenants, workers and residents, is urging the housing secretary Robert Jenrick to act after its own petition gained strong support, while the London Renters Union has already written to the minister calling on him to act.
A spokesman for Jenrick’s department, the ministry of housing, communities and local government, said: “We understand that the Covid-19 outbreak has left many facing uncertainty and feeling worried. Emergency legislation and the suspension of housing possession action means that no tenant in either a social or private rented home will be forced out.”
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