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The government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions - ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted, has been welcomed by ARLA Propertymark. 

This suspension of housing possessions action will initially last for 90 days, but this can be extended if needed. 

This measure is designed to protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licenses covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This will apply to both England and Wales.

David Cox, chief executive of the letting industry trade body, said: “However difficult it may be, this is the right decision in light of the current circumstances. Yet evictions will not be required if we can keep the rent flowing. 

“The latest advice is that people stay put, and as long as the Government helps tenants pay their rent, there will not be a large build-up of debt from rent arrears, meaning there will be no logical reason why a landlord would start eviction proceedings.”

 

Poll: Do you agree that the government made ‘the right decision’ to ban evictions?

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  • James B

    Looking after tenants again as a priority .. not bothered about landlords

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    “The latest advice is that people stay put, and as long as the Government helps tenants pay their rent, there will not be a large build-up of debt from rent arrears, meaning there will be no logical reason why a landlord would start eviction proceedings.”

    Are these people totally naive or what? Do they not realise that there are many legitimate reasons to evict a tenant, not just rent arrears, such as antisocial behaviour, illegal or dangerous behaviour, damage to the property for example.

    So any tenant in those categories now has carte blanche to create merry hell for an extra three months whilst the landlord has to just sit and watch their property being trashed and neighbours lives blighted whilst having to accommodate the tenant at their own expense. And what about tenants who set up cannabis factories in rented properties? Are they also exempt from eviction?

    Perhaps ARLA and the government could advise landlords on what to do in such situations?

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    Very good point Peter, I would like to hear answers there as well, but of course we won't hear a thing.

     
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    I agree to Peter, Furthermore, there are tenants who had already built up 3 to 4-month arrears before they even heard of coronavirus, notice served, court date all set, now the tenants gets another 3-month rent-free!

    ‘the right decision’ would have been to only suspended where it was reasonably possible that it was due to coronavirus.

    To make it worse notice is only valid for 6 months nowadays, so after it all ends will a new notice need to be served?

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    Long term this is all going to back fire on tenants, landlords will be even more selective as to who they rent to, leaving more and more people sleeping in shop door ways

     
    James B

    No need to issue new notice , Court can still receive application they just won’t do anything with it

     
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    no hb/uc tenants--leave them to councils and has?

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    • 31 March 2020 08:54 AM

    LL will be extremely forensic when it comes to DD on prospective tenants.

    How did tenants behave during this CV19 period.
    Did tenants leave their previous LL in the lurch by not paying rent?
    Contact details of your LL please during the CV19 period please.
    No! Well ta ta you won't be a tenant of mine.
    Tenants would do well to consider very carefully their actions during this period.
    They could well condemn themselves to a very poor lettings offer.
    Good LL won't want these proven feckless tenants.

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    Very true Paul, but generally tenants are the kind of people that live for today and sod tomorrow, which is why they will always be tenants and never a home owner, latter life on the bread line, but they just aren't clever enough to see that coming.

     
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