“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

23 October 2020 | Renting

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger of eviction.

In a letter to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick the group, led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy, says it’s “urging you to take action to support private renters living under Tier 3.”

The government has already agreed to pay two thirds of wages of workers in business obliged to close by the Tier 3 rules. However, the group’s letter to Jenrick continues: “We are extremely concerned that without further support private renters receiving 67 per cent of their income are at serious risk of debt, eviction and homelessness.” 

It adds that many tenants claiming Universal Credit are still likely to suffer financial shortfalls and “will be unable to pay their rent in full”.

Referring to some Tier 3 areas, Generation Rent says: “Over 96,000 private renter households in Greater Manchester and over 39,000 households in South Yorkshire rely on housing benefit to cover some or all of their rent.”

Kennedy’s letter reiterates that without government action, “thousands of tenants under Tier 3 restrictions could be forced into debt and will be at risk of losing their home.” 

This post has originally been featured in Letting Agent Today.