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Coronavirus: Landlords and Renters

The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). With these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

  • From 26 March 2020 landlords will have to give all renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession. This means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period.
  • From 27 March 2020 the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action. This means that neither cases currently in the system nor any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted.
  • Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available and we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.
  • Landlords will also be protected by a 3 month mortgage payment holiday where they have a Buy to Let mortgages.
  • Landlords remain legally obligated to ensure properties meet the required standard – urgent, essential health and safety repairs should be made. An agreement for non-urgent repairs to be done later should be made between tenants and landlords. Local authorities are also encouraged to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach to enforcement.

The Landlords Forum

The Landlords Forum is open to all landlords, agents and people providing services to landlords; 

Latest Dates for the Forum:

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 6pm in the Town Hall

Current Issues

  • Selective Licensing
  • Ban on Fees to Tenants
  • Section 21 Notices
  • Warm Homes Fund

Speakers and Events

The Council is keen to hear from any providers of services to landlords who would like to share their expertise in the form of a general talk to the Landlords Forum.  For example, if you offer legal, financial or management services to landlords and are able to share insights that landlords could benefit from at the Landlords Forum, please feel free to contact us at landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk to arrange a date.

Do we have your correct email address?

We can send you an invitation to the Landlords Forum if we have your correct email address. If you are not currently receiving invitations to the Forum, please send a request email to landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

More information for landlords

The Council's website has useful information for landlords and tenants.  We also seek to help landlords by hosting Landlords Forums where you can tell us about the issues that concern you, hear from relevant and interesting speakers, and network with other local landlords and agents. 

Subjects Covered at Past Forums and Information Circulars to Landlords

The following are examples of agenda items from previous forums and information circulars to landlords.  Some cover basic responsibilities of both tenants and landlords (see also our web page on information for landlords ).   Others such as talks on tax issues will help you to better protect your interests as a landlord.

  • Selective Licensing Scheme - proposal, implementation and updates
  • Electrical Safety and Portable Appliance Testing
  • Avoiding Deposit Disputes
  • Tax issues for Landlords
  • National Landlords Association - News and Updates
  • The Finances of Letting Property
  • Legionnaires Disease and legislation
  • Letting Agents Redress Scheme
  • Illegal Eviction and Harassment
  • Tenant Referencing
  • Inventories
  • The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation

Contact us

If you wish to discuss any aspect of being a landlord the please contact our Landlord Relationship Manager:-

Tel (01283) 508149
Email landlordrelations@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk