Financial support needs to be made available to landlords with tenants who have fallen into arrears relating to Covid-19 and can prove loss of employment, according to Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action.
The tenant eviction expert believes that BTL landlords who qualify should be offered three months of rent contribution with a view to not taking action against their tenant.
Shamplina has described the government's announcement of a further four-week extension to the ban on evictions until 20th September 2020, as “absolutely devastating news for those landlords who already had possession cases ongoing prior to the pandemic”.
He said: “It [the extension to the ban] means those landlords with problem tenants who have been causing anti-social behaviour or withholding rent for reasons unrelated to Covid-19 face a further delay in regaining possession of the properties.
“Whilst no-one who has been impacted by Covid-19 should face losing their home, there are many cases that are unrelated and it is causing landlords extreme hardship and misery.”
Landlord Action is currently working with landlords whose tenants have racked up thousands of pounds worth of arrears.
According to Shamplina, many of these landlords have been having to cover two mortgages for more than nine months now and we have just finished issuing the re-activation notices on behalf of these landlords as directed by the government.
He added: “Why have they left until the Friday before the courts re-open to give a further extension? I do not believe enough consideration has been given to people in these set of circumstances and perhaps rather than a blanket ban, existing cases should have been allowed to restart as planned.
“In my view, the government needs to seriously consider offering landlords, whose tenants have fallen into arrears relating to Covid-19 and can prove loss of employment, some financial support, for example three months of rent contribution.
“We are facing unprecedented times in terms of employment in the next few months so by implementing further support for landlords, with the understanding the landlord takes no action against their tenant, therefore tenants would be given some breathing space to find employment.”