NEWS


July 3, 2020
Renters ‘more vulnerable’ to economic shocks as landlords told to brace themselves for long term uncertainty

Renters are in a more vulnerable financial position than homeowners and are more likely to suffer during an economic crisis, new research has found.

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Housing marketing set to restart as viewings in England allowed in easing of coronavirus lockdown rules

Property professionals have welcomed new regulations allowing property viewings and visits to estate and lettings agents from Wednesday in England as the government eases the coronavirus lockdown.


Lettings agents should prepare for a ‘busy summer period’

The rental market has skidded to a halt during the coronavirus crisis, with tenants and landlords alike pressing pause as the lockdown and social distancing rules restrict viewings and people feel the squeeze on their finances.


Landlords urged not to ‘jump on repayment holiday bandwagon’ without good reason

The coronavirus crisis has had far reaching effects on people’s incomes. In a bid to mitigate the pressure on people, the government announced in March that mortgage holders would be entitled to a so-called ‘payment holiday’ in the wake of job losses and wage cuts.


New evictions to be banned during coronavirus ‘national emergency’

Landlords will be banned from evicting tenants during the coronavirus “national emergency” after the government rushed through legislation to help renters who may face financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.


Tenants will be able to sue landlords if homes are cold or mouldy under new law

Tenants in England will have more powers to hold landlords who rent out substandard properties to account later this month as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act comes into force.


Rentguard Issues


  • Majority of landlords have helped tenants during coronavirus crisis
  • Rental crisis deepens with over 300,000 tenants late with rent payments
  • Rentguard’s administration fees