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Landlords evicting tenants must reveal if tenants have been affected by Covid-19

17 August 2020 | General

Landlords who look to evict tenants once the eviction ban ends on August 23rd need to disclose whether a tenant’s circumstances were affected by the pandemic.

If the situation isn’t properly disclosed judges could throw the case out of court.

Mary-Anne Bowring, group managing director at Ringley and creator of automated lettings platform, PlanetRent, said: “The new measures announced by the government are fair as they will encourage landlords to engage with their tenants, as any business would with a customer to agree credit terms.

“The way this is carried out all depends on if it’s just a way for the government to expect buy-to-let investors to subsidise the lives of people in the pandemic.

“While landlords have been able to get mortgage repayment holidays, these are only a postponement of interest and capital repayments and nothing like the benefits of the furlough scheme that some employees have received.

“Landlords will have to pay higher interest and repayments as soon as their repayment holiday ends.”

The ban was extended in June, bringing the total amount of the time the ban has been in place to five months.

This post has originally been featured in Property Wire.