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“Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears”

first_imgHome » Guest Blogs » “Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears” “Boris, everyone will soon need protecting from Covid rent arrears”Terry Mason of Housing Hand says unless the government intervenes, agents could soon end up stuck between desperate landlords and tenants.Nigel Lewis20th April 20211 Comment747 Views Many landlords have been forced to house and financially support tenants during the pandemic as rent arrears have piled up and evictions have been suspended.But once the ban is lifted, it will be difficult to pre-plan evictions as the court system struggles to cope with the backlog of possession hearings.Letting agents, as usual, will be stuck in the middle. They still have to manage properties even if their tenants are in arrears and even though, in many cases, the court backlog is unlikely to be cleared until well into next year.And let’s not forget that the government may extend its eviction ban and kick the problem of homelessness and rent arrears further down the road, yet again.But soon landlords, tenants and agents will have to face the stark reality that once the ban finishes, tenants who have amassed large rent arrears – and particularly those who have hidden behind the evictions ban – will have to be removed from properties.It’s crazy to think that landlords will continue to allow tenants to stay without paying indefinitely, so unless the defaults are paid the tenants will have to go.Letting agents, landlords and tenants are well aware of the rent arrears building up, so the only way out is for the government and/or councils to cover these arrears, allowing tenants to clear their debts via a plan and by paying the housing benefit element of Universal Credit directly to landlords.It would be expensive but a good fix, with landlords not out of pocket, courts not congested, tenants not evicted and with payment plans in place to repay their debt.Let’s see if the government does the right thing.Terry Mason is COO of rent guarantor service Housing Hand.Terry Mason housing hand rent arrears 2021-04-20Nigel LewisOne commentMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 25th April 2021 at 5:45 amUs big UC Landlords are constantly calling for this. UC is the biggest cause of homeless in this country, when will this Govt wake up.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more