A message to the borough's private landlords

Published: Friday, May 22, 2020

Private landlords are being encouraged to show understanding to tenants suffering financial hardship brought about by coronavirus.

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On March 26 the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force. This relates to a wide range of matters including new provisions to ensure no-one with a tenancy loses their home as a result of the outbreak.

During these unprecedented times Cllr Kim Caddy, Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Housing, is urging private landlords to take a positive and understanding approach to tenants who may be struggling through no fault of their own.

Cllr Caddy explained: “Government legislation is very clear and the court system is aligned to preventing the eviction of social and private sector tenants at this time of national emergency. The risks arising from eviction are too great for households, particularly those who may be at higher risk from coronavirus.

These are particularly challenging times for those whose work and livelihoods have been affected by the necessary lockdown we are living through. Equally, many private landlords rely on the income they derive from rents to pay the bills. I have three key messages:

Firstly, we at the Council are focused on ensuring that legislation on evictions during this time is fully observed with support available for those threatened with homelessness.

Secondly, there are financial and money advice services available supported by the Council for those struggling. I would urge residents to use these services to see what benefits they may be entitled to.

Thirdly, it is always good to talk. It is all too easy to ignore a problem until it is too late. If you are having a problem paying rent speak to an advice service and talk to your landlord to see whether they are willing to offer some flexibility.”

The latest information and advice for landlords about how the Coronavirus Act 2020 affects them ,including links to other support, Iis available on the council website.

The full Government guidance for landlords and tenants can be found at gov.uk.

Advice and support for landlords can be found on the National Association of Residential Landlords website which includes COVID-19 specific information.