London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for an extension of the eviction ban and a two year rent freeze in the capital.
Although he has no mayoral powers over the private rented sector, Khan wants the government to give renters the same protection as commercial tenants who have been granted an extension of their eviction ban until March.
“With the evictions ban ending next week, ministers need to take urgent action to prevent people being evicted from their homes, putting in place a proper financial support package for those who have fallen into arrears through no fault of their own” says Khan.
He claims his database allowing the reporting of ‘rogue’ landlords has seen a rise in complaints, with more than 1,400 between March and December.
One in five complainants is reportedly claiming an unfair eviction.
“The government must finally act on their promise to scrap ‘no fault’ evictions and give Mayors like me the powers to freeze rents until we have recovered from the huge economic impact of the pandemic” says Khan.
The Mayor wants a support package including grants to help renters clear rent arrears. He is also asking for more powers to implement a two-year rent freeze in London as an “emergency measure”.