Extension On Eviction Ban Still Not Enough According To ‘Usual Suspects’

Unsurprisingly both Shelter and Generation Rent had previously blasted the government by saying that the original eviction ban, because of the pandemic, was for too short a period and demanded an extension…..and Guess What?

With the announcement that the eviction ban has now been extended until August 23rd it is now being damned by the two baying organisations when saying that once again the government is not doing enough for tenants who will still have to endure hardship.

As previously reported across all of the main stream media on Friday 5th June, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the two month extension of the eviction ban.

And of course Shelter chief executive Polly Neate waded in by saying this measure is only a stop-gap.

“The ban hasn’t stopped people who’ve lost their jobs during this pandemic from racking up rent arrears. Even if they have a plan to pay them back, these debts will throw struggling renters straight back into the firing line of an automatic eviction as soon as the ban does lift.

“It’s critical that Robert Jenrick uses this extension wisely to change the law and properly protect renters. Judges must be given the power to stop people losing their homes because of coronavirus, otherwise the country will face a tidal wave of homelessness after the summer” she continues.

“Sooner or later, the government has to stop kicking the can down the road.”

And Generation Rent twittered: “The eviction ban has been extended and you can safely stay in your home until August … This crisis isn’t ending anytime soon and millions of renters are still struggling with debt.

“We need long-term rent relief and a permanent end to unfair evictions, but this step will keep renters in their homes, for now.”

And now a third party enters the fray as Dame Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, issued a statement saying: “Extending the pause on repossession action is important recognition from the government that many renters are facing real hardship during the coronavirus outbreak, and will give thousands of people a welcome breathing space.

“But simply extending the pause of repossession is a sticking plaster not a cure. People who have fallen behind on rent arrears and those who have been furloughed or lost their jobs will need the security of proper reform to the rules governing evictions.

“We look forward to working with the government in the coming weeks on changes to make sure they keep their promise, that no renter should lose their home because of Coronavirus.”

In stark contrast to the mentioned viewpoints, a recent industry led survey of 2,000 tenants found that 90% had continued and will continue to pay their rent in full and on time throughout the Coronavirus outbreak; 84% had not asked for any assistance from their landlords and those who did were given assistance.

Richard Merrick of PIMS, said: “The survey’s results once again proves the fear mongering is null and void, one important factor that has not been mentioned by any of those organisations, is that those people on Universal Credit were and are able to receive up to an extra £1,000 in benefits from May until April next year- this is only too conveniently forgotten.”

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