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Shelter says renters are “frightened” of eviction, despite extension

The government’s latest extension for the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions - taking it up until the end of May - is still not enough for campaigning charity Shelter.

It wants measures to be set out on how tenants affected by the pandemic will get longer-term assistance from the taxpayer.

Yesterday Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, announced an extra two months for the ban, saying: “It is right that as we move through the roadmap, we ensure that businesses and renters continue to be supported. We have taken unprecedented action to support both commercial and residential tenants throughout the pandemic – with a £280 billion economic package to keep businesses running and people in jobs and able to meet their outgoings, such as rent.

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“These measures build on the government’s action to provide financial support as restrictions are lifted over the coming months – extending the furlough scheme, business rates holiday and the Universal Credit uplift.”

However Polly Neate - chief executive of Shelter - was much more cautious in her response to the initiative. 

“These extensions will come as a relief to the frightened renters who’ve been flooding our helpline with calls. While the threat level from the virus is still high, it’s right that renters can stay safe in their homes” she says.

“But as we follow the roadmap out of lockdown, the destination for renters remains unknown. The pandemic has repeatedly exposed just how broken private renting is, leaving many people hanging onto their homes by a thread. And, although the ban and longer notice periods are keeping renters safe for now, they won’t last forever.” 

 

The latest extension means that until May 31 private landlords will need to continue to give tenants six months’ notice before they can repossess properties, except in the following circumstances:

- Anti-social behaviour (four weeks’ notice)

- False statements provided by the tenant (two to four weeks’ notice)

- Over six months’ accumulated rent arrears (four weeks’ notice)

- Breach of immigration rules under the ‘Right to Rent’ policy (three months’ notice).

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    So they should be!

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    • 11 March 2021 10:08 AM

    And as Landlords, we need to chase them to ground to pay back EVERY penny they did not pay! (Stole)
    And never stop until they have paid......CCJ's, Courts and Bailiffs.......

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    Behave yourself, look after the property and pay the rent and there's nothing to be frightened of.

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    • 11 March 2021 10:11 AM

    Totally correct Gordon. Well said.
    But we still need to get back unpaid rents, even if that means getting down and dirty.
    There is NO sympathy in this at all.

    A contract is a contract. PAY UP!

     
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    Agreed. Renters don't need to be frightened. Rent dodgers do!

     
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    yes their is, they can sell, move back in, evict you just becasue they dont like you, they dont need a reason, even if you are a model renter your security of tenure after 6 months is a poultry 2 months to up sticks, im guessing you have not rented or not for a while, try it and see how you like it

     
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    D E, landlords love '' model renters'' that pay up in full on time and look after the property, why would any landlord want to evict a '' model renter'', sorry but your comment is total nonsense .

     
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    I’m sure they won’t be allowed to sit in council housing not paying rent for 6 months
    Also funny how they’re paying their council tax

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    Shelter nearly got it right except for one fact they got the wrong way around, its the Landlords that are frightened and the weight of the Law stacked against them,

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    • 11 March 2021 12:08 PM

    Why do Shelter feel the need for constant scaremongering?

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    reason for existence?

     
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    • 11 March 2021 13:58 PM

    Something to do with the word IDIOTS.

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    David, my friend would you like to have someone else in charge of your money or your property that you own, to be in control of it and do what they like with it ? in that case why would you do anything even go work. Yes David I was a model Tenant always paid my way always got my Deposit back didn't expect to get 3 times my deposit back or want free renting, yes its been a while since renting guess what no one gave me rights to their property, grants or freebies. I had to work hard and save every penny I could and still couldn't find what I considered value for money so I bought a Plot in Ealing in 1972 and built the house by my own hand, with no help from anyone, Dad RIP so no Mam & Dad piggy Bank, no Google to ask a question, no electric on site, cordless not invented, try it some time see how you get on, incidentally I still have the House and don't feel like giving it away or full control of it to some one just because they think they should have it. Renting was a bit different then, no Bathroom, Public Baths, outside Toilet, no Electric sockets, no TV, no Central heating, no 2 months Notice, no 6 months notice, no Benefit system pay for you, no question not pay won't pay, your Suit- Case waiting outside the door for you no messing. When you have worked for 58 years mostly 7 days a week, pay taxes through the nose and now clobber more than ever, then you can tell me how hard done by you all are or alternatively try grab other peoples property for nothing. Sorry to disappoint you I am now a model LL.

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    Well pointed out Michael, the snowflakes of today know nothing about what work was then, but I have no regrets, hard work never harmed anyone

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    Its worth pointing out there was hardly any person over weight back then, not like I read other day 68% Obese some young persons can barely move, maybe I shouldn't say so but it true.
    The real problem with housing recently is smaller LL are being driven out deliberately by over the top onerous compliance designed for that purpose, its reaching the point where its not viable.
    The real reason they want us out is not what the Chancellor said, he said he wants all young renters to be property owners which is very noble of him if were true, what he really wants is our young renters (out tenants) is to buy the tens of thousands of Concrete Frame High Rise tin clad over priced unsuitable Flats (already built in London & everywhere else) to achieve this he gives them free loans, incentives and SDLT exemption, virtually no Deposit, for now to rope them in, then pay for a lifetime (life sentence) Mortgage 35 years now some doing 40 years but not to look after their best interest, its the opposite its because he wants them to buy the properties to make billions for his friends the Big Developers, also can you not see so many major Organisations, Insurance Companies, a host of Big Co's, Institutions investing now and not least Lloyds Bank going to be a major player providing Flats to Rent, even buying a rafts of New Flats in several Towns for letting, excuse me didn't they say Private Buy 2 Let LL's were buying up the properties preventing young from from getting on property ladder, so now when its the Big Boys doing the same thing, its quite acceptable and what the Country needs they take us / the Public and young buyers for right mugs.

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    You only have to look around to see all the young obese people, many very young, wasn't like that in the 60s or 70s, these people are obese simply because they are bone idle.

     
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    you'll be lucky if it's May 2022 ?..

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    Sebastian

    I see you're back as supporting as ever!

    Don't worry, most landlords will still have more money than we can spend despite the most fervent hopes of the nay sayers and best efforts of all politicians.

    Why do I say that? It 's because we're enterprising, resilient, not afraid of hard work and....oh yes.... pretty well off already with consistently apprecating assets in high demand and short supply.

    P.S.. We'll be lucky no matter what month you select, as we make our own luck through effort and initiative.

     
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