RLA and NLA welcome government renter protection

Ryan Fowler

March 18, 2020

parliament housing minister

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) have welcomed government action to support landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus.

In a joint statement, the RLA and NLA said: “Our priority is to ensure that tenants are secure in their homes during this crisis.

“The three month buy-to-let mortgage payment holiday will take a lot of pressure off landlords enabling them to be as flexible as possible with tenants facing difficulties with their rent payments.

“No responsible landlord will be considering evicting tenants because of difficulties arising from the current situation.

“There does need to be some flexibility though such as with dealing with a tenant engaging in anti-social behaviour.

“This could cause misery for fellow tenants or neighbours especially when they are going to be spending a lot of time together.

“We would like to see further measures taken including pausing the final phase of restricting mortgage interest relief to the basic rate of income tax due in April.

“In addition we need to do all we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There should be national guidelines for local authorities to suspend routine inspections of properties and a temporary halt on enforcement action where landlords are unable to fulfil certain required obligations because of the health risk posed to them, tenants and contractors.”

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