Mayor of London urges government to support struggling renters amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mayor of London urges government to support struggling renters amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for more support for London’s renters amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic following new research which estimates that ‘a quarter of London’s 2.2 million privately renting adults have fallen behind on their rent, or say they are likely to do so soon’, meaning that approximately half a million people are potentially facing eviction. Khan has called for an extension of the ban on eviction court cases which was introduced by the government in late March 2020 and extended in June 2020. The Mayor stressed that ‘[h]ousing charities, rental support groups and I have given the Government ample warning of the cliff edge approaching us on 23 August. If nothing is done, local authority housing services could be overwhelmed, and we could see a flood of people being forced onto the streets’. He added that ‘[i]t would be a tragedy if thousands more people find themselves homeless due to being evicted. It is not too late for Ministers to act, but time is fast running out’.

Source: One in four of London’s private renters are struggling to pay rent

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