Labour demands evictions ban for renters affected by coronavirus

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‘Our current threadbare legal safety net means renters are vulnerable to eviction if they get ill and fall behind on their rent,’ says John Healey. 

Labour has urged Boris Johnson‘s government to overhaul “threadbare” protections for renters by banning landlords from evicting those who fall into rent arrears due to coronavirus.

Image result for coronavirusJohn Healey, the shadow housing secretary, called on ministers to include an evictions ban for tenants affected by the virus in emergency legislation due to be tabled this week.

Labour wants to change the law to bar landlords from seizing possession of a rented property if people fall behind on payments due to coronavirus between 1 March and 1 September, with an option to extend the timeframe.

It would cover more than 8.5 million households, including private renters and those living in council housing or housing association properties, who may face financial hardship if forced to self isolate. Two thirds of private renters and more than eight…

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