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A government press release on 26/03/2020 confirms guidance for landlords and tenants, which we would ask all our clients to please read at:

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

It gives the reassurance for tenants that:

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.

In a further announcement in August 2020 the government stated that from 29 August 2020 landlords will have to give all renters 6 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession (i.e. serve notice that they want to end the tenancy) – this means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period. This extended buffer period will apply in law until 'March 2021'.

The guidance on rent payments contains:

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. In the first instance they should speak to their landlord if they think they will have difficulty meeting a rental payment, and in this unique context we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme.

Tennants will continue our approach of constructive engagement and effective communication towards realising best outcomes in challenging situations.

If you are a tenant unable to pay rent please email a brief explanation to [email protected] so we can forward that to your landlord for consideration and response.

Tennants supports the government COVID-19 pandemic guidance calling for care, compassion, co-operation and patience in our personal, social and business relationships.

Best wishes to all our clients.

Alex and Peter Sheppard