Keep the rent flowing campaign

#KeepTheRentFlowing

Since the Coronavirus outbreak, Propertymark has been engaging with governments and politicians across the UK to ensure agents and landlords have information and resources they need to protect tenants and #KeepTheRentFlowing.

Success

Following a successful lobbying campaign by Propertymark, the UK Government extended the business rates relief—introduced as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic—to estate and letting agent offices.

We also lobbied the UK Government to suspend or amend Right to Rent checks during the outbreak to reduce the spread of coronavirus and ensure agents can continue to carry out their legal responsibilities.

More to be done

We believe that rents must be paid in full directly by the Government if a tenant is affected by Coronavirus. More needs to be done to support agents, landlords and ultimately tenants to keep the rent flowing:

  • Where those who have lost their income, either through falling ill or being laid off, can apply for their rent to be paid via Universal Credit.
  • They would send evidence that they had lost their income to the Department of Work and Pensions, and their rent could be paid directly to their landlord.
  • Evidence could include a sick note issued by calling 111, a P45 or confirmation from their former employer that they had been laid off.

What else is Propertymark calling for?

Universal Credit

UK Government must suspend the five weeks Universal Credit payment period with all payments made in full and are paid directly to the letting agent/landlord.

Electrical Safety Regulations

The new rules scheduled to come into force on 1 July 2020 in England should be postponed in order to adhere with the Government’s social distancing rules.

Licensing schemes

Local authorities must suspend for three months the application and compliance period for all forthcoming Selective and Additional Licensing schemes to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Help us to help you by writing to your MP

As ever your voice is vital, so if like us you believe the Government must do more to #KeepTheRentFlowing, use the text below and your own experiences to write to your local MP, MSP, MLA or AM.

  1. Go to the website writetothem.com
  2. Enter the postcode of your office address
  3. Scroll down to 'Your MP'
  4. Click on your MP's name
  5. Copy and paste the contents of the green box below into the message box
  6. Fill out your details, 'preview and send'

Keep the rent flowing

Dear [INSERT NAME OF MP]

The Government has put in place measures to support people following the Coronavirus outbreak. However, if tenants fall through the gaps of the Government’s current provisions, they will face mounting rent arrears and crippling debt.

Those who work in the gig economy or who are self-employed will likely be hit the hardest. This will mean that landlords are not receiving their rent to pay their mortgage and fall into financial difficulty, which will have a knock-on effect across the economy. As a result, tenants are at risk of losing their home if they are unable to pay their rent.

As an agent operating in the local area, I would be grateful if you would urge the Government to ensure that where those who have lost their income, either through falling ill or being laid off, and have fallen through the current provisions established by Government, can apply for their rent to be paid via Universal Credit.

Where this is the case, they should be able to send evidence that they had lost their income to the Department of Work and Pensions, and their rent could be paid directly to their landlord. Evidence could include a sick note issued by calling 111, a P45 or confirmation from their former employer that they had been laid off.

If these measures are introduced immediately, then tenants don't need to worry as they have the rent coming in and landlords are protected. As I’m sure you can appreciate it is vital that we keep the rent flowing and the Government step in to support tenants and cover rent during the coronavirus outbreak.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
[INSERT YOUR NAME]

 

PUBLISHED: 01/04/2020 16:40