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Baroness and rent union chief demand Budget action on arrears

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has joined forces with tenant activists to demand the Chancellor gives financial support to renters in Wednersday's Budget.

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, says: “Households in arrears face an impossible choice every month: pay the rent, borrow, or go without essentials. The government’s inadequate support for private renters is pushing families deeper and deeper into debt, with homelessness and destitution awaiting once the crisis of the pandemic clears. 

“[Chancellor] Rishi Sunak must act decisively to end the rent debt crisis, and bring peace of mind to private renters who have been hit the hardest by the economic shock.”


And in the same statement, Amina Gichinga from London Renters Union adds: “Government-backed loans would help underwrite landlord profits but would leave renters pressured to take on massive debt repayments they can’t afford. If you can’t afford your rent, how can you afford loan repayments? 

“There’s nothing in the proposals for grants or loans to pay off rent debt to stop landlords taking the cash and evicting their tenants anyway. Before we start talking money, the law should be changed so people in arrears due to pandemic can't be evicted.”

The campaigns claim the support of 20 Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs for their demands.



They say that despite the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions “renters in debt are vulnerable to eviction and homelessness if they do not find alternative accommodation.”

And they add that “more than a dozen London Renters Union members are at risk of bailiff eviction in the coming few weeks” although no details are given as to how they may be the case.

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    Her again!

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    The sad truth is that her and tenant groups shout Louder than Landlord associations !

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    '' Go without essentials '' by that I expect she means the 52" TV. Sky subs, fags, alcohol and drugs.

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    • 01 March 2021 09:30 AM

    And Wetherspoons.
    And Bingo
    And Exotic holidays
    And no cars under £30,000

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    I think they are confusing the PRS with Social Housing!

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    • 01 March 2021 09:38 AM

    And guess what? They are terribly wrong!

  • Matthew Payne

    I'm not sure I follow the logic that private renters have been hit hardest by the economic shock as opposed to anyone else.

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    They must mean Private Landlords surely if the Tenants don't pay or in my case many have only paid half so its stacking up, some because of circumstances others because of Government interference they cannot lose their place. The long and short of it is if the Tenant pay or not they are still in-situ, there is no hardship there, if the LL did not get paid he is the victim with the financial burden and holes to block that's my logic.
    I think I will move to Norwich the big smoke is played out.


    Come on down, I'll buy you a pint when the pubs open again.

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    Fine don't know what you have up there those days Tetley Walker, Toby's or Brewery Dog but we need something to get our minds off this while we still have a bit of sanity left.


    We have some local small breweries, could do a pub crawl and get totally legless


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