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The government has published details of its plan to ban all evictions during the Coronavirus crisis and also revealed that landlords are to be given the same three-month mortgage holiday as residential property owners.

Yesterday Boris Johnson told parliament during Prime Minister’s Question Time that the UK’s 20 million people living in the Private Rented Sector would be protected from evictions until the Coronavirus pandemic abates.

But late yesterday full details of the announcement were published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

This includes how landlords or letting agents wishing to evict a tenant will have to wait three months before starting proceedings.

MORTGAGE HOLIDAY

In return, the ministry says the three-month mortgage payment holiday granted to residential home owners yesterday will now be extended to landlords ‘whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus’.

“This will alleviate the pressure on landlords, who will be concerned about meeting mortgage payments themselves, and will mean no unnecessary pressure is put on their tenants as a result,” the statements says.

“At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.”
Secretary of State Robert Jenrick, says: “These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage.

“Which is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started.”