Landlords have benefitted from tax breaks, subsidies and a weak eviction ban according to the National Union of Students.
Larissa Kennedy, the organisation’s president, has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to claim landlords have been treated far more favourably than tenants generally and students in particular during the pandemic.
"Landlords have already received significant financial support from the government over the past 12 months” she writes, citing the stamp duty holiday and the mortgage payment holiday schemes for which landlords have been eligible.
Now she wants government to:
- Wipe off arrears for any tenant who has incurred debt because of Coronavirus;
- Refund lost rent to landlords because of arrears - but only up to 80 per cent of the lost funding and only for landlords “upholding their legal and contract obligations to their tenants”;
- Urgently bring forward the Renters Reform Bill; and
- "Set out a strategy to tackle the long term affordability crisis in the rental sector.”
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