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Housing Campaign condemns the government’s decision to end eviction ban,

General / Thu 3rd Jun 2021 at 03:42pm

THE Government’s announcement to end the ban on evictions on May 31st is on course to plunge hundreds of thousands of private renters into homelessness claim Harlow housing campaigners.

A spokesperson said: “The pandemic has shown the extent to which extreme inequality in the UK can be measured through the indicators of insecure, unaffordable and unsafe housing. Shelter and other leading organisations have revealed that the wellbeing of many families has already been compromised in order to pay their rent.

“It is essential that the government reverses its decision immediately if it is to avoid a massive crisis of homelessness over the coming months and over 100 organizations, campaigns, union representatives and leading spokespeople have signed a letter by the national housing campaign Homes for All calling for this. Homes for All is a broad-based coalition campaigning for secure, safe and affordable housing for all.

We are asking you to highlight this issue and publish our letter here.

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Letter to the government

The government’s extension of the eviction ban on private and social renter evictions is ending 31st May 2021, despite the housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s promise that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home”.

This is impacting over 750,000 households throughout England who are in arrears and in a state of constant fear of becoming homeless. 

The pandemic has had the greatest impact on the lives of working-class people, including key workers, disabled people, BAME households and those in precarious employment, who have suffered disproportionately in terms of poor health, poor housing and extreme hardship. Even landlords’ groups such as the National Residential Landlords Association are calling on the government to offer greater support to both landlords and tenants.

Numerous renters’ and housing groups are still calling for no evictions during the pandemic and for financial support to help renters pay off arrears. We are therefore calling on Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to implement the following recommendations:

·   Extend a full moratorium (ban) on evictions until March 2022.

·   Write off arrears accrued during the pandemic until March 2022.

·   Central government to develop an emergency financial package for tenants and landlords to stop evictions.

As Shelter points out, “Massive rent debt will make it impossible for many to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the pandemic”. We call on the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to step in now and support legislation to ensure no-one loses their home or incurs rent debt due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Homes for all. Contact Details:
Email: http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/
fb: https://www.facebook.com/Homes4AllUK
twitter: @homes4alluk

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