Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were announced by the government.
The government’s newly introduced rules are designed to ensure no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TDS wants to ensure tenants and landlords can work together to ensure both sides can find a mutually beneficial agreement.
Steve Harriott, chief executive of the government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme, commented: “Under the new guidelines tenants are still liable for their rent, however, if they are facing financial hardship there is support out there.
“It’s really important during this unprecedented situation that the lines of communication between renter and landlord are kept open. Now is the time to be having an honest and frank conversation about rents and financial concerns, working together to put a rent payment scheme in place.
“Support has also been announced for landlords too as the government has asked lenders to provide a three-month mortgage payment holiday for those who have a buy-to-let mortgage.”