England is trailing the rest of the UK in regards to support for renters and landlords, according to the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). This claim follows news that the Scottish Government has developed an interest-free, hardship loan scheme to support renters to pay-off COVID related rent arrears.
Chris Norris, policy director at the NRLA, said: “We welcome today’s announcement which follows similar steps taken in Wales and we call on the UK Government to introduce similar help for tenants in England. The best way to prevent repossessions is to tackle the root cause by ensuring tenants are able to pay their rent.
“Although landlords have been doing all they can to support tenants struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic, it is not sustainable to expect rent arrears to build indefinitely with no hope of paying them off.
“Once again the UK Government finds itself trailing behind the rest of the UK. It is time to deliver a similar scheme to support tenants and landlords in England.”
This post has originally been featured in Property Wire.