Boris goes quiet on when home moves can restart as he launches three-stage plan

After ministers hinted last week that viewings could restart if those involved adhered to strict safety rules, the government has now backtracked and makes no mention of moving home in its 60-page plan published today. The government has this afternoon published its three-step plan to lift the Coronavirus lockdown which includes allowing golf and tennis […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Boris goes quiet on when home moves can restart as he launches three-stage plan | LandlordZONE.

Boris goes quiet on when home moves can restart as he launches three-stage plan

After ministers hinted last week that viewings could restart if those involved adhered to strict safety rules, the government has now backtracked and makes no mention of moving home in its 60-page plan published today.

The government has this afternoon published its three-step plan to lift the Coronavirus lockdown which includes allowing golf and tennis to played and for some workers to return to work, from tomorrow onwards.

But landlords hoping the rental market could now return to a semblance of normality will be disappointed by Boris Johnson’s 60-page document which makes no mention of when people will be allowed to move home again or even when face-to-face viewings will be permitted.

This means tenants and landlords face a 20-day wait until June 1st when, assuming the rate of infection and other indicators show Coronavirus coming under control, the next stage of the lockdown release will happen.

The current guidance is that no one should move home unless contractually obliged to do so, their home is not fit human habitation or they are a student moving back home after their university closed its campus.

Boris’s document is particularly disappointing because the government had, last week, given strong signals to several property industry groups that the rental market may be allowed to enjoy a partial revival.

This had been promised as long as landlords, tenants and letting agents followed strict rules and wore personal protective equipment when doing viewings, appraisals and both check-ins and outs as well as inventories.

Instead, the new plan reveals that it will be another 50+ days until more face-to-face businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons are allowed to open on July 3rd, suggesting strongly that viewings and house moves will be given the green light at the same time.

Read the plan in full.






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Shadow housing secretary says the party now supports deferring rent rather than the previous ‘suspension’ promoted under Corbyn. Labour has called for renters to be given up to two years to pay  back rent arrears built up during the Coronavirus crisis, citing research released last week that up to 1.7 million renters may lose their […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Labour U-turn: Give renters two years to pay back arrears after Coronavirus | LandlordZONE.

Labour U-turn: Give renters two years to pay back arrears after Coronavirus

Shadow housing secretary says the party now supports deferring rent rather than the previous ‘suspension’ promoted under Corbyn.

Labour has called for renters to be given up to two years to pay  back rent arrears built up during the Coronavirus crisis, citing research released last week that up to 1.7 million renters may lose their jobs during the pandemic.

The suggestion is part of a five-point plan to be presented to government to help protect the most vulnerable members of society as the expected post-lockdown recession begins to bite economically.

But the plan has prompted ire among many supporters, who accuse its new leader Keir Starmer of ‘backtracking’ on the party’s position and becoming a ‘landlord’s party’.

Labour’s shadow secretary of state for housing (pictured) said giving tenants more time to pay back rent arrears would be essential to stop an ‘unprecedented and devastating spike’ in homelessness and rough sleeping during the crisis.

“Current protections for people renting their homes are woefully inadequate,” she says.

“Unless the government acts now, many thousands of tenants will be at risk of losing their homes.”

Labour’s claims of a looming rental market catastrophe are based on a Shelter/YouGov poll published on 16th March among 498 tenants during the last week of March of which one in five said it was ‘likely’ that they could lose their jobs during the crisis.

This has then been used to estimate that 1.68 million renters could lose their jobs and face substantial rent arrears.

Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter, said: “The government has rightly suspended evictions until June, so no one has to face homelessness in the middle of this pandemic. But millions of renters will be in dire straits further down the line without more government support.”

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