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Last updated: 12 June 2020


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The coronavirus pandemic has led to wide-ranging changes across society. As well as Government interventions - such as emergency legislation relation to possession, and financial support for individuals and companies - landlords are managing their properties during a time of high uncertainty and with fast-moving health advice.

The NRLA is working hard to ensure that our members can access the information and support they need during this time, through guidance, lobbying and raising awareness.

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How the NRLA is supporting landlords

We are reviewing our guidance daily, and keeping the pages above updated in line with the changing situation. Please check back for the latest information. If after reading the guidance above you need advice on your specific circumstances, NRLA members can contact our Advice Line on 03330 142 998.

We are in regular contact with Government officials and ministers on the impact of coronavirus on the private rented sector. Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest updates on our lobbying work.

Our key asks for Government are:

  • The importance of sustaining tenants’ incomes and being clear that rent should be paid where possible – the Government heeded our call for LHA rates to be realigned to the 30th percentile or market rents, as well as changes to Universal Credit
  • A six-month extension to the validity of all gas and electrical safety certificates and delay of the implementation of new routine electrical installation safety checks – in line with the measures for MOTs – to ensure only urgent and emergency visits are made to homes
  • Clear guidance for local authorities on enforcement – we welcomed the Government’s call for local authorities to take a sensible approach and seek their support in providing consistency across the country.

Landlords supporting tenants

We’ve heard from a number of members who are making extra effort to support their tenants during this challenging time, whether that’s by proactively contacting tenants to offer flexibility with rent payments, delivering essentials to vulnerable tenants, or even arranging an online cook-along for tenants and providing them with ingredients.

If you’ve got an example of support which you’d like to share, please get in touch and share your story.

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