Private landlords are supporting calls by MPs on parliament’s housing, communities and local government Select committee to boost the financial support available to tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Responding to the committee’s calls for the Local Housing Allowance to be set at a rate that reflects real market rents, Ben Beadle, CEO of the National Residential Landlords Association, said research by the company revealed that the “vast majority” of landlords approached for help by tenants struggling as a result of coronavirus are responding positively.
He said: “We want to see that continue to ensure tenancies can be sustained. We have long called for benefits to cover rents which would be by far the best option for tenants and landlords alike.”
Beadle added: “We support the government’s efforts to ensure that landlords and tenants seek first to reach a mutually agreeable solution where rent arrears have built up as a result of coronavirus.
“These ‘pre-action protocols’ would contain checks and balances to protect tenants.The NRLA will continue to work with the government to ensure that its plans are meaningful and workable for both tenants and landlords.”