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Landlords hit out at 'unacceptable' evictions extension

Private landlords have called the extension of the evictions ban "unacceptable".

Responding to the extension, which now means there will be no evictions until 20 September, the National Residential Landlords Association said landlords have been left "powerless".

Ben Beadle, CEO of the National Residential Landlords Association has said: “A blanket extension is unacceptable, especially so close to the deadline. 

“An enormous amount of work has gone into finding a balance between supporting tenants who have been affected by the pandemic and preventing significant financial harm to landlords, in accordance with the Government’s promise. This announcement satisfies no-one.

“Landlords have been left powerless in exercising their legal right to deal with significant arrears unrelated to Covid-19, antisocial behaviour and extremely disruptive tenants who make life miserable for their neighbours and housemates. 

“Private landlords cannot be expected to foot the bill for government failure. There must now be a plan to support households to pay their bills and to compensate landlords fully for their lost income.

“Only this will give both tenants and landlords security and reduce the risk of widespread tenancy failure.”

Timothy Douglas, Policy and Campaigns Manger, ARLA Propertymark added: “Now that the ban on evictions has been extended, the government must use this time to introduce further guidance and prepare the sector.

"It is important to take steps back towards normality so that both landlords and tenants have access to the justice system, while putting measures in place to offer further support to tenants who have built up Covid-related arrears, and this four week extension will give government the time to introduce such measures.

"Additionally, given the backlog of cases already facing courts, it’s key that the government introduces sufficient guidance during this period to enable eviction proceedings to begin again smoothly and fairly when the ban is lifted."